34 bus stops away: the hurdles rural Americans face to reach vaccine sites

The elderly, low-income, homebound or disabled face inordinate hurdles to obtain a vaccine in a distribution plan widely centered on cars

If you live in Belle Glade, Florida, a rural, predominantly African American town on the southern bank of Lake Okeechobee, and you want to get to a Covid-19 vaccine appointment, you’re going to either need a car or $2 and a lot of time.

That’s because the closest up and running Covid-19 vaccination site accepting new appointments is at a Publix supermarket nearly 30 miles away in Loxahatchee Groves, an overwhelmingly white, affluent town. And, without a car, you will need to catch a bus that runs once an hour, transfer, and ride 34 stops total to get there.

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