Cities That Need the Most Initial Vaccinations Against COVID-19 – WalletHub Study

With frontline health care workers and other vulnerable populations like the elderly first in line to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, WalletHub today released its report on the Cities That Need the Most Initial Vaccinations Against COVID-19, along with accompanying videos and audio files.

In order to determine the cities that will need the most initial COVID-19 vaccinations, WalletHub compared more than 90 large cities across 13 key metrics. Our data set looks at factors like each city’s share of frontline health care workers, nursing home residents, essential workers, residents diagnosed with various diseases and more.

Most Vaccinations Least Vaccinations
1. Detroit, MI 84. Austin, TX
2. Cleveland, OH 85. Chandler, AZ
3. Birmingham, AL 86. San Diego, CA
4. Memphis, TN 87. Denver, CO
5. Louisville, KY 88. Gilbert, AZ
6. Toledo, OH 89. Seattle, WA
7. Baton Rouge, LA 90. San Jose, CA
8. Buffalo, NY 91. San Francisco, CA
9. Cincinnati, OH 92. Fremont, CA
10. Newark, NJ 93. Irvine, CA

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WalletHub Q&A

Why is vaccination so important for reopening the economy?

“Vaccination is crucial for reopening the economy because if a significant portion of the population is vaccinated, it will drastically slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and thus make public spaces safer. Once we have a wide rollout of a vaccine, we can proceed to a full reopening, which should inject a lot of money into the economy and give businesses the resources they need to hire again,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Naturally, in order for us to reopen as quickly as possible, we need to do our best to educate people on the benefits of vaccines, as a significant portion of the population is hesitant to get vaccinated. The fewer people who get vaccinated, the less effectively the pandemic will be curbed.”

Could the initial distribution of COVID-19 vaccines make holiday shopping safer?

“The initial distribution of vaccines is unlikely to have a major impact on holiday shopping. While some people may receive the vaccine as soon as in December, the first in line are health care workers, nursing home residents, people with underlying illnesses and essential workers. It’s not likely that general retail employees will have access to the vaccine during the holiday shopping season, and most shoppers will also not be vaccinated. Shoppers may get a psychological boost from knowing that the vaccine is starting to go out, though,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “It’s a good idea to do your holiday shopping online if you can, though you should get it done as quickly as possible to avoid shipping delays. If you do shop in person, try to go to stores at times when they’re not crowded.”