Patterns in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage – Social Vulnerability and Urbanicity

Angie Szumlinski Health

What do we already know about this topic?

“Counties with higher levels of social vulnerability have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Disparities in county-level vaccination coverage by social vulnerability have increased as vaccine eligibility has expanded, especially in large fringe metropolitan (areas surrounding large cities, i.e., suburban) and nonmetropolitan counties. By May 1, 2021, vaccination coverage among adults was lower among those living in counties with lower socioeconomic status and with higher percentages of households with children, single parents, and persons with disabilities.

Outreach efforts, including expanding public health messaging tailored to local populations and increasing vaccination access, could help increase vaccination coverage in counties with high social vulnerability…Efforts could also include walk-in vaccination clinics and public health messaging about the importance of getting vaccinated.”

Patterns in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage, by Social Vulnerability and Urbanicity — United States, December 14, 2020–May 1, 2021 by Barry V, Dasgupta S, Weller DL, et al.

The findings in a report published on the CDC website discusses vaccination coverage disparities. These disparities are associated with socioeconomic status and household composition and disability.

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