Older adults face especially severe health risks from COVID-19 compared to other age groups. Getting vaccinated is the most effective way for older adults to reduce their risk of serious illness or death. This brief examines geographic trends in COVID-19 vaccination rates for adults age 65+. The authors find that older adult vaccination rates are low in rural areas and especially low in the South.
COVID-19, Rural Health, Older Adults
Demography, Population, and Ecology | Rural Sociology | Sociology
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The authors thank Shannon Monnat for edits and feedback on a previous version of this brief.
Pendergrast, Claire and Sun, Yue, "Older Adult Vaccination Rates Lag in Rural Areas and the South" (2021). Population Health Research Brief Series. 153.
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