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Where Eviction Risk Is High, Covid Vaccination Rates Are Low

An analysis of nine U.S. cities finds that areas with the lowest vaccination rates are more vulnerable to housing loss, amplifying fears about the end of the federal eviction ban. 

Evictions lead to crowding when people move to friends' homes or homeless shelters, exacerbating risk of spreading Covid. 

Evictions lead to crowding when people move to friends' homes or homeless shelters, exacerbating risk of spreading Covid. 

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With the end of the federal eviction moratorium at hand in the U.S., researchers fear that a rush of evictions will hit unvaccinated communities hard, potentially exacerbating a new pandemic wave. That fear is supported by new research, which finds that neighborhoods with high numbers of eviction filings have the lowest vaccination rates.

The looming return of evictions, banned for the most part by a federal order since September, comes at a time when Covid vaccination rates in the U.S. have plateaued and while the highly transmissible delta variant is surging. Epidemiologists who see evictions as a vector for the disease are warning that a perfect storm is on the horizon.