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Why The San Joaquin Valley Is Home To Many Of The Nation's Vaccine Deserts

Derek Kravitz, Caitlin Antonios and Laura Salcido
Clockwise from top left: Derek Kravitz, Caitlin Antonios and Laura Salcido

Vaccine rollout is proving far more challenging in rural communities, creating what are called vaccine deserts. And according to the Documenting COVID-19 project, a national effort to make pandemic related data more transparent, vaccine deserts are springing up across the San Joaquin Valley, causing concern among public health professionals. Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with the project’s lead, Derek Kravitz, who works at Columbia University’s Brown Institute for Media Innovation. Also joining the conversation are Caitlin Antonios, a reporter and researcher for the project, and Laura Salcido, an administrative specialist with Tulare County Public Health.



Kathleen Schock is the host of Valley Edition. In the show, Kathleen and the Valley Public Radio news team explore issues that matter to the residents of Central California through engaging conversations and in-depth reporting.
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