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JUE Insight: Distributional Impacts of Retail Vaccine Availability

Judith A. Chevalier, Jason L. Schwartz, Yihua Su and Kevin R. Williams

Journal of Urban Economics, 2022, vol. 127, issue C

Abstract: We examine the potential for exploiting retailer location choice in targeting health interventions. Using geospatial data, we quantify proximity to vaccines created by a U.S. federal program distributing COVID-19 vaccines to commercial retail pharmacies. We assess the distributional impacts of a proposal to provide vaccines at Dollar General, a low-priced general merchandise retailer. Adding Dollar General to the federal program would substantially decrease the distance to vaccine sites for low-income, rural, and minority U.S. households, groups for which COVID-19 vaccine take-up has been disproportionately slow.

Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jue.2021.103382

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