Arizona cities not among those that will need the most initial COVID-19 vaccinations, survey shows

Adam McCann, Financial Writer/Wallethub

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a big toll on the U.S., effective vaccines will soon be available. We could see widespread distribution of those vaccines by April 2021, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the lead members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Not everyone will have to wait that long for a vaccine, though. Frontline health care workers may start receiving doses in December. Other groups of people among the first to be vaccinated will be people especially at risk for serious symptoms, such as elderly people in nursing homes and people who have underlying health conditions like heart disease or cancer. Essential workers, such as grocery store employees and public transit drivers, are also close to the front of the line.

In order to determine the cities that will need the most initial COVID-19 vaccinations, WalletHub compared more than 90 large cities across 13 key metrics. Our data set looks at factors like each city’s share of frontline health care workers, nursing home residents, essential workers, residents diagnosed with various diseases and more.Table of ContentsMain FindingsMethodology

Main Findings

Cities That Need the Most Initial COVID-19 Vaccinations

Overall Rank
CityTotal Score 
1Detroit, MI100.00
2Cleveland, OH88.00
3Birmingham, AL87.54
4Memphis, TN78.90
5Louisville, KY78.03
6Toledo, OH76.98
7Baton Rouge, LA74.47
8Buffalo, NY72.58
9Cincinnati, OH71.37
10Newark, NJ70.91
11Baltimore, MD65.23
12St. Louis, MO65.17
13Milwaukee, WI64.19
14New Orleans, LA61.83
15Philadelphia, PA60.45
16Indianapolis, IN59.19
17San Bernardino, CA58.51
18Tulsa, OK57.56
19Oklahoma City, OK57.46
20Wichita, KS56.57
21Winston-Salem, NC56.47
22San Antonio, TX56.10
23Greensboro, NC55.88
24Lexington-Fayette, KY55.39
25Jacksonville, FL55.22
26Hialeah, FL54.83
27Pittsburgh, PA54.54
28Norfolk, VA54.53
29Dallas, TX54.09
30Kansas City, MO53.74
31Fort Worth, TX53.23
32El Paso, TX52.50
33Houston, TX52.06
34Columbus, OH51.91
35Miami, FL51.36
36Tampa, FL51.09
37Nashville, TN50.75
38St. Petersburg, FL50.08
39Stockton, CA48.74
40Garland, TX48.41
41Durham, NC47.10
42Arlington, TX47.05
43Chicago, IL46.95
44Fresno, CA46.72
45North Las Vegas, NV45.59
46Omaha, NE45.39
47Orlando, FL45.23
48Las Vegas, NV45.12
49Tucson, AZ42.38
50Atlanta, GA42.26
51Chesapeake, VA41.29
52Mesa, AZ40.48
53Glendale, AZ38.89
54Irving, TX38.62
55Bakersfield, CA38.28
56New York, NY38.07
57Sacramento, CA37.41
58Charlotte, NC37.29
59Henderson, NV36.16
60Phoenix, AZ36.16
61Jersey City, NJ36.07
62St. Paul, MN34.15
63Virginia Beach, VA32.40
64Raleigh, NC32.25
65Oakland, CA31.94
66Santa Ana, CA31.72
67Riverside, CA30.85
68Albuquerque, NM30.81
69Honolulu, HI30.49
70Boston, MA29.28
71Washington, DC29.01
72Scottsdale, AZ28.99
73Los Angeles, CA27.80
74Portland, OR26.38
75Boise, ID26.10
76Long Beach, CA25.96
77Aurora, CO25.46
78Plano, TX23.94
79Chula Vista, CA23.84
80Anaheim, CA23.46
81Minneapolis, MN22.93
82Madison, WI21.31
83Colorado Springs, CO20.04
84Austin, TX19.71
85Chandler, AZ19.02
86San Diego, CA18.40
87Denver, CO16.17
88Gilbert, AZ14.36
89Seattle, WA12.91
90San Jose, CA11.60
91San Francisco, CA8.56
92Fremont, CA0.74
93Irvine, CA0.00
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