Monday, May 3, 2021

The States That Will Need Vaccine Bounties

 I recently came across a story about West Virginia offering young people a $100 savings bond as a bounty for getting the COVID-19 vaccines. It seems to me this will be necessary in a number of states, particularly in the south, intermountain west, and to some degree, even in the midwest. Here's a chloropleth map I just built of first vaccinations per 100 population:

(The CDC has a similar map, but it only tracks population-adjusted vaccines administered, which tells us little about the overall number of individuals vaccinated.) The states in trouble are Idaho, Wyoming, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Indiana. I expect to see these states follow suit presently.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

More On The J&J Vaccine "Pause" Causing Vaccine Hesistance

 A terrific and more detailed look at the aftermath of the "pause" causing people to walk away from vaccination by Dan Elton, looking at not just the total vaccination numbers, but the daily un-averaged figures, vaccination by age bracket, and the difference between the UK's approach (warn but keep vaccinating) and the US/EU approach ("pause" or outright ban). The post I wish I'd written (my less-detailed one here).