Understanding Social Vulnerability Is Essential to Planning COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
According to the Social Vulnerability Index and COVID-19 dashboard, COVID-19 cases appeared to steadily decline on a national level as we entered 2021. At a glance, this can paint a picture of efficient vaccine distribution. However, a closer look shows that not all localities followed this trend – for example, cases rose significantly in Michigan during the same time period, suggesting that their vaccination rates may have stagnated. In order for a COVID-19 vaccine rollout to be successful, governments and healthcare organizations must create programs to ensure that vaccines are distributed equitably.