The internet has been an indispensable health tool during the pandemic, allowing millions to educate themselves about COVID-19 or make a telehealth appointment to see their doctors while staying safely socially distant.

But not all Americans can afford a computer and the roughly $70 month it costs for internet access. Tamra Burns Loeb and Arleen F. Brown of UCLA and Paris “AJ” Adkins-Jackson of Harvard are researchers who study health disparities. “Signing up for the vaccine has predominantly occurred online,” they write. “This means that far fewer older adults from under-resourced racial and ethnic minority communities have been able to make appointments.”

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Lynne Anderson

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A man fills out an online application during a job fair hosted by the city of Chicago in July 2012. The fair offered computer access to people who do not have internet access. Scott Olson/Getty Images

No internet, no vaccine: How lack of internet access has limited vaccine availability for racial and ethnic minorities

Tamra Burns Loeb, UCLA School of Medicine; Arleen F. Brown, UCLA School of Medicine; Paris "AJ" Adkins-Jackson, Harvard University

Early numbers show that people from racial and ethnic minorities have lower vaccination rates. Lack of internet access could be a reason.

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