African Americans are far likelier than whites to travel more than a mile from home to get a coronavirus vaccination, a new analysis found.

The study by the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and West Health Policy Center found that Blacks are less likely to live near a pharmacy, clinic or hospital or health center that can administer the vaccine, CNN reported Thursday.

The analysis relied on VaxMap, a tool that measures vaccination facility density and driving distance of all people to locations where the vaccines will be administered, CNN reported. Sixty-nine counties throughout the country, particularly in Georgia, Missouri, Louisiana, Virginia, Texas and Alabama, were examined by the researchers.

Of the counties with racial disparities in vaccine access, roughly three-fourths also had high rates of coronavirus infections with a daily average of more than 50 new cases per 100,000 from November to January, the analysis reported.

As of Thursday, the U.S. had administered just 33.9 million of its 56 million available vaccine doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only about 5% of those vaccinated so far have been Black, the CDC said this week.

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