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"The Mystery of Imperial County’s Vaccination Rate"

The New York Times interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, about Imperial County, in California’s southeastern corner, which has a 74% immunization rate, 10% higher than the statewide rate

Monday, December 13, 2021

California’s coronavirus numbers contain what appears to be, at first glance, a pandemic paradox.

Imperial County is a poor and overwhelmingly Latino agricultural region in the state’s southeastern corner. Its demographics are generally linked to lower-than-average Covid-19 vaccination rates.

But the county, which is along the border with Mexico, has an immunization rate that ranks seventh out of the state’s 58 counties, the highest coverage level in Southern California.