COVID source call-out: CDC’s county vaccination map

The CDC updated the County View page of its COVID Data Tracker this week, now allowing users to see vaccination coverage maps reflecting the population that has received at least one dose. (Previously, only fully vaccinated coverage maps were available.)

The map does paint a stark picture of vaccination disparities in the U.S., with the Northeast and West coast notably darker blue than parts of the South and Midwest. However, the CDC’s UI leaves much to be desired.

Try hitting the plus icon to zoom in, for example. You’ll land somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, with no way of dragging the map to an actual populated area. Then, when you zoom out, you stay in the Pacific, and the U.S. map gets even smaller.

The best way to actually zoom in, I’ve found, is by clicking on an individual county or selecting a region with the drop-down menus above the map. Not exactly intuitive, CDC!

(Thank you to my friend/CDD reader Charlotte for suggesting this callout.)

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