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Cover Story News India Times April 9, 2021 6 www.newsindiatimes.com – that’s all you need to know T he first nationwide look at vaccina- tion across counties reveals vast differences in the rate that people are receiving protection from the coronavirus, with notably lower rates in predominantly Black areas and counties that voted most heavily for Presi- dent Donald Trump in 2020. The data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the success in vaccination in Native American areas. In Arizona, for instance, the predomi- nantly Native American counties have at least 35% of adults fully vaccinated while many mostlyWhite or Hispanic counties have fewer than 20%. Alaska also stands out for high vaccination in part because of doses targeted at Alaska Natives living in more than 200 indigenous tribes, who have received additional doses through the Indian Health Service. The county data exposes the missing information about who is being pro- tected. Many states are not collecting or sharing basic facts about who is being vaccinated so their information was not released. Data from other states is too spotty to include in theWashington Post analysis. For the states with usable information, 45% of people age 65 and older, 18.2% of all adults 18 or older, and 14.3% of the entire population are fully vaccinated. The map shows many regions far below the level, however, such as southern Missouri, NewYork’s Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley, and the coastal region of South Carolina. The records don’t indicate large dif- ferences between urban and rural areas. Major cities, suburbs, smaller cities and rural areas have roughly the same rates for all adults and for adults 65 and older. METHODOLOGY The CDC did not release any informa- tion for Texas, Hawaii, New Mexico or California’s smallest counties. The Post is showing only states where data was reported for at least 85% of the people vaccinated. For this reason, Colo- rado, Georgia, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia andWest Virginia were excluded from the analysis conducted for this article, including the racial makeup of counties, the urban-rural classification or the presidential vote. Other than Massachusetts (88%), every other state included information on more than 90% of the recipients. Most states had information on at least 95% of the people vaccinated. The Post did not adjust the vaccination rates to account for the incomplete information, so the county vaccination rates in some states is slightly low due to missing data. The CDC released information only for people who have complete vaccination protection, meaning two shots of the Pfiz- er-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine. No information was published about people who have partial vaccina- tion with just one shot of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. For comparisons of areas by racial makeup, The Post classified each county by the majority or plurality racial group according to 2019 Census population estimates. Comparisons were calculated with population-weighted averages and differences reported were statistically significant at the 95% confidence level. White, Black, Asian American and Native American racial groups are for non-His- panic people. They are distinct from the Hispanic group. The comparison of rural and urban ar- eas and counties by share of Biden-Trump vote also used population weighted aver- ages. The analysis by presidential voting omits Alaska because results there are summarized in election districts that are different from counties.. - TheWashington Post Here Is A Detailed Picture Of Vaccination Across The Country - See Where Your County Stands Dan Keating, Naema Ahmed, Harry Stevens, JessicaWolfrom, Monica Ulmanu Share of population fully vaccinated. TheWashington Post I t’s taking some effort and some patience. But just as eligibility is opening to millions of people across the U.S. after months of cutthroat competition to find covid-19 shots, vaccines are starting to stream into people’s arms. Becky Jacobsen, 41, was ready to drive as long as an hour for a shot as soon as Connecticut made all adults eligible on Thursday. A friend stayed up late to snatch an appointment at a CVS Health Corp. drugstore just 6 miles from Jacobsen’s home inWindsor. “Another friend is looking for my husband,” the mother of five said by phone as children shouted in the background. “It’s distance-learning day and I’ve got to focus on making sure the kids aren’t on YouTube when they’re supposed to be on Google Classroom.” President Joe Biden staked his bid on an effective battle against the coronavirus that would center on mitigation measures and assisting states with the swift dispersal of vaccines. States are offering shots to millions of people who want to return to life as it was before covid, and officials in charge are reporting that the campaign is rounding into form. The progress offers hope that most adults will be vac- cinated this summer before attention shifts to children. Positive data from partners Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE this week could position 12- to 15-year-olds for a shot before the next school year. Nearly 100 million people, or almost a third of the U.S. population, have already received at least one shot, ac- cording to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. has administered more doses than any other nation, though it ranks seventh in terms of the percentage of the population with at least one dose, ac- cording to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker. Nearly half of U.S. states will have opened vaccination to everyone 16 and older by the end of this week. That will rise to about three-quarters, or 35 states, by the end of next week. Millions more doses are being distributed every week. Moderna Inc. and Pfizer-BioNTech are each on track to deliver enough shots to vaccinate 100 million people in the U.S. by the end of May, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker. While some 15 million Johnson & Johnson shots were affected by a production issue in Baltimore, that’s not expected to have an effect on Biden’s expectation that the U.S. will have enough vaccine for all adults in May, according to people familiar with the matter. Likewise, delays in the U.S. clearance of AstraZeneca Plc’s vaccine, which is still the subject of side-effect concerns, probably won’t affect the U.S. campaign. The floodgates are beginning to open in Los Angeles where residents have begged, borrowed and stolen to get appointments. Some people expressed surprise on social media about how simple it’s become. “I just made an appointment forWed.,” Matt Oswalt, a comedy writer and photographer wrote on Twitter this week. “Took 2 minutes to book it. Easy, they have tons of slots open.” Not everyone is having as much luck. Judith Romano from Ashland, Mass/, got her first of two Pfizer shots on Thursday at a Boston clinic, but said her husband, a gro- cery clerk in his late 50s, has still been unable to schedule one through the state sign-up system. “He’s been trying, trying, trying trying,” she said. “Peo- ple say, ‘Oh, you’ve got to get on at like 4 a.m. And just wait.’ But that’s silly. Why should you have to do that?” Each time her husband fails to get a slot, “he curses,” she said. Alabama remains one of the slowest states in the U.S. for getting vaccines into arms. But its performance has been improving, particularly in poor minority areas that weren’t getting doses in the campaign’s first several weeks. Alabama Regional Medical Services, a low-income clinic in North Birmingham, didn’t get a single dose through the end of February. In March, though, it got nearly 5,000 from the state, said Chris Mosley, a spokes- man for the clinic. The shift was partly because the state eased guidelines to include essential workers - many of themminorities - but largely because of coordination with community groups, Mosley said. “Now vaccination sites are sprouting up like spring flowers,” he said. “It’s become almost a friendly competi- tion, to see who can give out the most.” - Bloomberg Vaccine Trickle Becomes Torrent As U.S. Eligibility Rules Widen By Angelica LaVito

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