CDC says gap widens between vaccinated urban residents compared to vaccinated rural residents
MARYLAND- A new report from the CDC shows urban communities are outpacing rural ones when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations.
According to the report, roughly 75% of people, ages 5 and older, living in urban communities have gotten at least one does of the vaccine, as of January of this year. That’s quite a bit more than the roughly 59% of people, ages 5 and older, living in rural communities.
The CDC points to access to health care and vaccine hesitancy as possible reasons for the vaccination gap among urban and rural Americans.
“Part of the difficulty with the rural population is trying to figure out what is the best way to communicate those things to them, they are less likely to be in offices and see posters etc.,” Dr. Sally Dowling, with Atlantic General Hospital, said. “The older population demographic is less likely to be on social media and on the internet in general.”
Dr. Dowling also points out that people in rural areas may not be as educated about the vaccines because they may not have the access to have a close relationship with their primary care provider.
The CDC report also said in April 2021 the gap was smaller with 45.7% of urban residents given at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine compared to 38.9% of rural residents.