Lack of internet access limits vaccine accessibility for racial and ethnic minorities in the US
According to a new report, a lack of internet access among some groups in the USA means they have been unable to register for COVID-19 vaccinations online. Many researchers have written about the effects of lack of internet access on rural communities in the USA and the developing world, however even among urban communities, there is a gap of internet access among racial and ethnic minorities. The report further echoes the fact that the pandemic has revealed the internet as an indispensable health tool which keeps people without it disadvantaged. The research particularly referred to the average monthly cost of internet in the USA of about US$70, the affordability of devices such as computers, and even the internet skill gap of older individuals within racial and ethnic groups as factors limiting their access to vaccines.