Vaccine Hunters and Fake Grannies: Distribution and Equity of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Andrea Kitta (East Carolina University)

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has been fraught with issues of access and equity. In this presentation, I will discuss some of the barriers to vaccine access, some of the ways in which people overcame those barriers, and ultimately, how people who wanted the vaccine finally received it. Using a project I’ve developed with other researchers in Eastern North Carolina, I will consider how individuals networks worked both for and sometimes against them as they sought the vaccine. Additionally I will discuss vaccine hunters, grassroots efforts to vaccinate the elderly in their communities, underemployed tech workers developing hacks into vaccine appointment systems, and additional doses in bottles.

Part of 14-06 Crisis Folklore: Vernacular Responses to COVID-19 and Public Health, Monday, October 18, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm