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A Tale of Two Red Counties: How Vaccine Efforts are Playing Out Across PA

Emma Lee
A staff member demonstrates how to prepare a dose at Philadelphia's COVID-19 vaccine center at Martin Luther King Jr. Older Adult Center.

Months into Pennsylvania’s vaccination effort, rates of people getting the shots vary wildly in different parts of the state. Some of the biggest differences can be seen as correlating with politics.

After all, Pennsylvania is divided. It’s home to one of the bluest congressional districts in the country, as well as dozens of counties that went overwhelmingly for Trump.

But, as WHYY Keystone Crossroads’ Katie Meyer reports, political extremes don’t cleanly predict the willingness to get shots. Take, for instance, two red, rural counties with very different outcomes.

(Original air-date: 5/26/21)