Data: U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey; Note: Does not include respondents who didn't report income; Chart: Axios Visuals
More than half of unvaccinated Americans live in households that make less than $50,000 annually, according to the latest Census Bureau data.
Why it matters: Making it easier for the working poor to get the COVID-19 vaccine, without dinging their already-low incomes, could help boost the country's vaccination rates.
Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.
The big picture: Vaccination has been politicized, but juggling work schedules and child care could be bigger factors than politics.
"A lot of low-income workers are working hard to provide food and housing," said Julia Raifman, a health policy professor at Boston University. "That may mean it's hard for them to find a time to get vaccinated."
Workers also may worry about having to take unpaid time off if they come down with any vaccine side effects. Raifman has heard anecdotal stories of employees receiving less favorable hours if they miss work.
However, rewards may not move the needle a lot if companies don't make it easy to get the vaccine or offer full pay for any time off.
The bottom line: Most low-income workers still want to get vaccinated. It's just not always easy.
Almost two-thirds of unvaccinated people who make less than $50,000 still say they either "definitely" or "probably" will get the vaccine, according to the Census Bureau.
More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free