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Low vaccine booster rate blamed for COVID-19 deaths

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An analysis by the Associated Press shows low vaccine booster rates are now a key factor in COVID-19 deaths.

The New Yorker Magazine did a documentary last year focusing on the rural Alabama town of Panola. Community leader Dorothy Oliver worked to promote COVID-19 vaccinations with little to no support from the government.

An Associated Press analysis shows more than 450 people are dying of COVID-19 per day.

A recent study of coronavirus booster rates found that up to 52 percent of white and Asian American adult got boosters by January of 2022. But only a third of Black adults and other ethnicities like American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander got follow-up COVID shots.

Joe Moody is a senior producer and host for the APR newsroom. Before joining the team, Joe taught academic writing for several years nationally and internationally. He is a native of Montgomery and a proud Alabamian. He is currently studying library and information studies at the University of Alabama with a focus on archives. When he is not playing his tenor banjo, he enjoys listening to jazz records and 45s from the 1950s and 60s.
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