Why getting COVID-19 vaccines to rural Americans is harder than it looks, and how to lift the barriers

The first COVID-19 vaccines arrive packed in dry ice and need special freezers that can keep them extremely cold. AP Photo/David Goldman The enormous job of vaccinating the nation is underway, but for rural Americans, getting a COVID-19 vaccine becomes harder the farther they are from urban centers. The current vaccines’ cold storage requirements and shipping rules mean many rural hospitals can’t serve as vaccination distribution hubs. That can leave rural residents – about 20% of the U.S. population in all – traveling long distances, if they’re able to travel at all. Getting the word to rural…

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