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Older Adults Without Family or Friends Lag in Race to Get Vaccines

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A divide between “haves” and “have-nots” is emerging as older adults across the country struggle to get COVID-19 vaccines.

Seniors with family members or friends to help them are getting vaccine appointments, even if it takes days to secure them. Those without reliable social supports are missing out.

Elders who can drive — or who can get other people to drive them — are traveling to locations where vaccines are available, crossing city or county borders to do so. Those without private transportation, are stuck with whatever is available nearby.

Older adults who are comfortable ...