Why More People Are Being Vaccinated In Urban Areas : Consider This from NPR We know that Americans in blue states are getting vaccinated at higher rates than those in red ones. But that gap obscures another growing divide in America's vaccine campaign — the divide within states between rural and urban areas. An NPR analysis of county-level data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that divide exists across age groups in almost every state. NPR's Austin Fast explains why.

The Biden administration says it's making progress on closing the gap. Their focus is on getting as many people vaccinated as possible. But public health officials tell NPR's Geoff Brumfiel that the U.S. may never reach 'herd immunity.'

Additional reporting in this episode from Veronica Zaragovia of member station WLRN in Miami.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

NPR Analysis Finds Growing Vaccine Divide Between Urban And Rural America

NPR Analysis Finds Growing Vaccine Divide Between Urban And Rural America

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A student nurse helps people set up appointments for a second shot as they wait for 15 minutes after receiving their first shot at a Covid-19 mass vaccination site at Martinsville speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia on March 12. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A student nurse helps people set up appointments for a second shot as they wait for 15 minutes after receiving their first shot at a Covid-19 mass vaccination site at Martinsville speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia on March 12.

Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

We know that Americans in blue states are getting vaccinated at higher rates than those in red ones. But that gap obscures another growing divide in America's vaccine campaign — the divide within states between rural and urban areas. An NPR analysis of county-level data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that divide exists across age groups in almost every state. NPR's Austin Fast explains why.

The Biden administration says it's making progress on closing the gap. Their focus is on getting as many people vaccinated as possible. But public health officials tell NPR's Geoff Brumfiel that the U.S. may never reach 'herd immunity.'

Additional reporting in this episode from Veronica Zaragovia of member station WLRN in Miami.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, Brianna Scott, and Lee Hale. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Wynne Davis, Joe Neel, and Bruce Auster. Additional reporting from Veronica Zaragovia of member station WLRN in Miami. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.