It is probably no coincidence that the Covid-19 epidemic is severe in Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana or even on the island of Reunion. In reality, these are areas where people get the least vaccinations. Overseas is in the red zone, but in mainland France, according to a study by the University of Montpellier (Hérault), vaccination is also slipping, especially in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Occitanie, where mistrust in the face of in Paris is a historical fact.
According to Ifop, this card has similarities with that of political affiliation. “The more we go to the extremes, on the rebellious France side, on the National Rally side, and the less people are vaccinated, explains Jean-Philippe Dubrulle, director of studies at Ifop. This is proof that the mistrust of vaccination, and against the health pass, today, it is less the result of health issues than of political issues.
In addition, people get vaccinated less if they are poorer, in rural areas or on the outskirts of towns: according to the author of the study, it is the decline in public services, in particular health services, which is source of this mistrust. “The result would be a kind of feeling of abandonment which makes it less sensitive (…) to become fully aware of the citizenship that the act of vaccination represents”, enlightened Emmanuel Vigneron, professor of health geography at the University of Montpellier.