Gaps in Covid Vaccine Rollout and Unemployment Insurance : The Indicator from Planet Money Two of the most important ways the government is supporting Americans right now is through distributing vaccines and providing unemployment insurance. But are there cracks in the system?
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Unemployment Insurance And Vaccines: Who's Left Behind?

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Unemployment Insurance And Vaccines: Who's Left Behind?

Unemployment Insurance And Vaccines: Who's Left Behind?

Unemployment Insurance And Vaccines: Who's Left Behind?

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It's Friday, which means it's time for indicators of the week! Cardiff and Stacey each choose an indicator that particularly struck them in the news this week and surprise each other with it! Our indicators of the week touch on two of the most important ways the government is bringing relief to Americans and ending the Covid-19 pandemic: unemployment insurance and vaccines.

Specifically, our first indicator is more than 14%. That's the share of people in the U.S. who have gotten at least one Covid vaccination shot according to the CDC. While this is a promising start, it is still well below the herd immunity threshold, which may require as high as 85% of the American population to have antibodies. There are also concerns about the equity of the vaccine rollout. Many states have been vaccinating black and latino residents at lower rates than white residents.

Our second indicator is 70%, which is an estimate for the share of all the people who are unemployed who are not receiving unemployment insurance benefits or who won't be receiving them shortly. More than 90% of unemployed people in a panel study have said that the reason they're not getting those checks is because they have not applied. And of those, most say that the reason they have not applied is because they believe that they are not eligible, and a significant share said that they just couldn't figure out how to navigate the system.

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