Route Fifty: How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos

Route Fifty: How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos. “Missouri’s rocky vaccine rollout places it among the bottom states nationwide, with 23.7% of the population vaccinated with at least one dose as of Thursday, compared with the national average of 26.3%. If Missouri were on par with the national rate, that would be roughly equivalent to more than 162,000 additional people vaccinated, or almost the entire population of the city of Springfield. Part of the problem, health experts said, is that the state bypassed its 115 local health departments in its initial vaccine rollout plans.”

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