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Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Chart: Axios Visuals

Income and other socioeconomic factors seem to be driving bigger disparities in coronavirus vaccinations than race, according to CDC data released Friday.

The big picture: In counties with the highest social vulnerability, only about 50% of residents have been vaccinated — compared to 60% in the least vulnerable counties.

  • There are a lot of ways to measure vulnerability, and racial and socioeconomic inequities are closely linked.
  • Still, counties' income levels tended to correlate more closely to lower vaccination rates than their populations of color, the CDC found.

By the numbers: Vaccine disparities widened by 7 more percentage points between the most socially vulnerable and the least socially vulnerable counties when considering their socioeconomic status.

  • Adults living in counties where the percentages of children, persons with disabilities were high were also greatly affected.

Go deeper

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Sep 8, 2021 - Health

COVID didn't lead to a pandemic of hunger in the U.S.

Data: U.S. Department of Agriculture; Chart: Axios Visuals

New data shows rates of hunger among U.S. households didn't spike in 2020, despite the effects of the pandemic.

The big picture: Economic downturns as sharp as the one experienced during the worst of COVID-19 last year usually result in devastating spikes in hunger. 1 in 10 households are still food insecure, but massive increases in aid helped avert much worse.

John Frank, author of Denver
Sep 8, 2021 - Axios Denver

Who's most at risk in Colorado for COVID-19 breakthrough cases

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Data: CDPHE; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

The number of positive COVID-19 cases among vaccinated people continues to hit new highs in Colorado, driven by the proliferation of the Delta variant.

Threat level: The risk varies depending on age and the type of vaccine received, Colorado public health officials said Wednesday.

Sep 7, 2021 - Health

Fauci slams DeSantis over "completely incorrect" COVID vaccine comment

Photos: Stefani Reynolds-Pool and Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

NIAID Director Anthony Fauci in an interview with CNN Tuesday pushed back on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) claim last week that getting the COVID vaccine should be a personal choice that "really doesn't impact me or anyone else."

What he's saying: "When you're dealing with an outbreak of an infectious disease, it isn't only about you," said the nation's top infectious diseases expert. "There's a societal responsibility that we all have."

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