Aging and disability services (ADS) played an important role for older adults in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, including sharing information, providing transportation, and serving as vaccination sites. Using data from the National Neighborhood Data Archive and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this data slice describes the relationship between county ADS availability and older adult (ages 65+) vaccination rates. It finds that rural counties with higher ADS density have higher older adult vaccination rates. Because of the high risk of COVID-19 mortality and hospitalization for older adults and the large shares of older adults in rural areas, rural county governments should invest in supporting and expanding older adult services to facilitate vaccination.
Older Adults, Aging Services, Vaccinations, Disability
Family, Life Course, and Society | Rural Sociology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
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Sun, Yue and Rhubart, Danielle, "In Rural America, Older Adult Vaccination Rates were Higher in Counties with More Aging and Disability Services" (2022). Population Health Research Brief Series. 190.
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