Issue Brief: Determinants of Covid-19 Vaccinations in Florida
On December 11, 2020 the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in individuals 16 and older to combat the Covid-19 virus. The first dose of the coronavirus vaccine was given on Monday, December 14, three days after the authorization was given.
Numerous newspaper articles have attempted to explain why, or why not, people living in Florida have decided to get the Covid-19 vaccine. This issue brief will discuss the correlation between the share of people vaccinated (as of May 31, 2021) and some potential contributors to vaccinations per capita in the state of Florida.
Main findings from the issue brief include:
- Political preferences were found to play a significant role in vaccination rates from January to May;
- Other demographics, including median age, percent of Hispanic population, also played a significant role; and
- Median income was found to have a positive and slight statistically significant effect on vaccination rates.
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