Rural America and the COVID-19 vaccine

Nearly three million doses of the COVID vaccine will be shipped out to states by week’s end.

The National Rural Health Association says that its biggest concern is making sure rural communities have equal access.

In an interview with the Daily Yonder, the group says that rural hospitals are not reporting any issues right now. Only healthcare workers and nursing home residents are getting the first doses.

Issues could crop up when the phase two priority is announced.

A decision today could be the boost rural America needs. The FDA will consider emergency use of the Moderna vaccine.

This version does not have to be kept at an ultra-cold temperature. Rural health clinics do not have the expensive freezers needed to store the Pfizer vaccine, making Moderna’s a better option.


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