Mar 3, 2021 - News
More women than men are getting vaccinated in Minnesota
Illustration of a syringe with a combination no smoking sign and male symbol over it.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Nearly three months into the vaccine rollout, women are getting shots at much higher rates than men.

By the numbers: Nearly two-thirds of the 908,000 Minnesotans who have received at least one dose identify as women, according to the state's Vaccine Dashboard.

So what's with the gender gap? "I think probably a lot of it is the demography of who's been targeted," MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm told Axios.

  • The health care, child care and education sectors included in the current priority groups all have large female workforces. Because women tend to live longer than men, there's likely also an imbalance in the senior and assisted living populations.

Malcolm hasn't seen any evidence to suggest greater vaccine hesitancy among men.

  • She expects the numbers to level out as more groups become eligible for a shot.

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