The Daily Yonder, a website that covers rural issues, reports that nationally the rate of vaccinations against COVID-19 have slowed by one-half in the past three weeks. A county-by-county analysis shows that some counties in Southwest and Southside Virginia remain among the lowest in the nation.
Sharp-eyed readers will notice some discrepancies between the data in The Daily Yonder map and the daily map produced by the Virginia Department of Health. The Daily Yonder tells us that’s because it uses data from the Centers for Disease Control and national data often lags behind data from individual states. While the specific percentages for a county may vary between the CDC data and the VDH data, directionally they paint the same picture: A few counties in Southwest and Southside Virginia rank among the lowest in the country for vaccination rates.
The Daily Yonder map gives national context and goes through Oct. 7. The state map (above) is updated through Oct. 11. The darker the color, the more vaccinated the population is. The localities in Virginia with the lowest vaccination rates are:
- Carroll County: 39.2% with one dose; 35.2% fully vaccinated.
- Lee County: 40.0% with one dose; 34.6% fully vaccinated.
- Patrick County: 40.3% with one dose; 36.3% fully vaccinated.
- Prince George County: 42.3% with one dose; 37.5% fully vaccinated.
- Craig County: 42.3% with one dose; 39.3% fully vaccinated.
The most vaccinated locality in Virginia remains Albemarle County, where 72.8% of the population have received at least one dose and 67.2% are fully vaccinated.