COVID-19 Insight: Who benefits from a phased approach to vaccines?

Those who can get registered online for the limited doses, and quickly.


COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed across the country and allocated to individuals in phases.

The Biden Administration has set a goal of 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days. Individual states have set up programs to administer the vaccines, and each state's program is different.

States have even taken to setting their own definition of senior citizens for purposes of vaccinations – some making the first cut off at 65 while others have set it at 75 or even 80. All together, this is a huge group. There are 54 million people in the United States over 65 according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

To get a vaccine, you have to register. There is not much consistency across states in program design or priorities except for one thing – you can register online.

States have offered digital registration for vaccinations hoping to reach as many people as possible. For those who aren’t computer savvy and may not have access to the internet, a computer or a smartphone, online registration is not possible even if they are eligible.

Half of the states have no centralized phone hotline or use the state’s general 211 non-emergency phone line as an alternative means of providing information and access. This has sent advocates, community-based organizations, health systems, providers and family members into action.

To see where these issues might be most acute, we used Metopio’s map filter tool. We looked at four critical components to identify areas where additional outreach could be most impactful. We started by identifying counties that have a large number of households with seniors living alone SLA – not in nursing homes or other group settings - by adjusting the slider above the median. Then we layered three additional topics on the map to reflect access to technology including the internet WWW, computers CMP and smartphones NCP.

Hover over any place on the map to get information, or click on the arrow next to the caption above to interact with this dynamic insight.

We did this analysis at the county level, but it can also be replicated by ZIP code or census tract in your market. A note on interpretation--this map represents where all the criteria are met but does not represent correlations.

As decisions are made about vaccine distribution, understanding how to engage with communities is critical. Whether it is to reach vulnerable populations like seniors or prioritize communities hit the hardest by the pandemic.

Metopio’s curated data allows you to ask a question and quickly get an answer. Our data is constantly updated to offer more opportunities to understand how the places and populations you care about are impacted. Check back to access new data sets and insights.

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