A USA TODAY Network – Florida investigation has revealed that early in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, when the life-saving shots were most scarce, seniors who lived in the state’s wealthiest counties were more likely to get one.
An analysis of Florida Department of Health data through February showed residents age 65 and older in the top third of counties ranked by median income were vaccinated at a rate more than 4 percentage points higher than seniors in the rest of the state. That equates to about 290,000 more vaccine doses delivered to wealthier seniors.
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St. Johns County in northeastern Florida is Florida’s wealthiest and ranked first in the state with a 77% senior vaccination rate through February.
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