Lerner Graduate Fellow Yue Sun and Lerner Center Director Shannon M. Monnat publish new paper in the Journal of Rural Health

Lerner Graduate Fellow Yue Sun and Lerner Center Director Shannon M. Monnat have a new paper published in the Journal of Rural Health. The paper, “Rural-Urban and Within-Rural Differences in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates” describes rural-urban differences in COVID-19 vaccination rates across U.S. counties and explains the main contributions to those differences. The authors find that as of August 11, 45.8% of adults in rural counties had been fully vaccinated, compared to 59.8% in urban counties. Average vaccination rates declined with increasing levels of rurality. Lower rural rates are explained by a combination of lower educational attainment and higher Trump vote share. Within rural counties, vaccination rates are lowest in farming and mining-dependent counties and highest in recreation-dependent counties, with differences explained by a combination of educational attainment, health care infrastructure, and Trump vote share.

Read the paper here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34555222/