Getting Vaccinated: More Rural Readers Share Their Experiences

Some drove an hour or more for Covid-19 vaccines, others made appointments at local pharmacies. With shots being administered at community colleges, detention centers, and old square dance clubs, readers report from their communities.

All U.S. adults 16 and older are now eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccines in accordance with the Biden administration’s April 19 deadline for nationwide eligibility.

Three days later, the CDC reported that as of April 22 one third of U.S. adults over 18 were fully vaccinated, and more than half had gotten at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

While this news is encouraging as a whole, rural vaccination rates are lagging behind urban vaccination rates in most states. Currently, about one in four rural residents is completely vaccinated against Covid-19, a proportion 10% lower than that of urban areas.