COVID-19 analysts suspect undervaccinated communities in Texas and other states are ‘putting the entire country at risk.’
The study was posted by Georgetown University and includes 30 highly-populated ‘clusters’ with low vaccination rates. Researchers suggest the areas will become hot spots for COVID-19 cases and more susceptible to new variants. “Parts of the country are just as vulnerable if not more vulnerable than they were in December, 2020,” said biology professor Shweta Bansal, who leads the US COVID-19 Vaccination Tracking project at Georgetown.
States identified as vulnerable include Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, and Georgia. There are 15 million people in the five most ‘significant’ clusters, and only 28 percent are vaccinated, whereas the national vaccination average is 48 percent. However, Bansal suggests flaws within reporting COVID-19 vaccinations per county may impact the data.
In the Georgetown analysis, at least 90% of all vaccinations were recorded within the person’s home county, Bansal said. Earlier this month, Missouri experienced a shortage in ventilators after an increase in COVID-19 related cases. States with low vaccination rates are being analyzed for surges in cases and will likely be included in the Biden administration’s efforts to vaccinate all Americans.
Recently, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced the administration’s latest campaign, which will include “targeted, community-by-community, door-to-door outreach to get remaining Americans vaccinated by ensuring they have the information they need about both how safe and accessible the vaccine is.”
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