Researchers: Vaccinated people show ‘discriminatory attitudes’ toward unvaccinated

“Support for the removal of fundamental rights” arose amid vaccine debates.
A proof-of-vaccination sign in Canada, Apr. 2022

An international team of researchers is arguing that unvaccinated people are the focus of “discriminatory” treatment from vaccinated ones, an indication of the continuously contentious politics surrounding vaccination status in a post-COVID world.

The paper, published in the journal Nature by a team of scientists in Hungary and Denmark, determined that “vaccinated people express discriminatory attitudes towards the unvaccinated,” which the researchers said could be expressed “as high as the discriminatory attitudes suffered by common targets like immigrant and minority populations.”

The population set from which the study was conducted drew from “citizens in 21 countries, covering a diverse set of cultures across the world.”

The writers argued tha while “elites and the vaccinated general public appealed to moral obligations to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake,” at the same time “discriminatory attitudes including support for the removal of fundamental rights simultaneously emerged.”

Less than 70% of the United States is considered “fully vaccinated,” while barely a third have received a “booster dose” of any kind.