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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allocates vaccines to individual states for distribution.1 Individuals seeking COVID-19 vaccine eligibility information and appointments must locate the resources provided in their state, making state department of health websites a primary source of information. Effective and equitable vaccine distribution depends, in part, on the accessibility and usability of these websites. Different levels of technology experience, reading abilities, and language preferences should not prevent individuals from obtaining needed vaccine information. Website usability should support determining vaccine eligibility, provide an indicator of when information was last updated, and provide web-based appointment scheduling and/or a wait-list and follow-up process. The vaccine rollout has resulted in frustration and inequities among underserved racial/ethnic groups.2,3 We analyzed each state’s department of health website for accessibility and usability challenges.
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Accepted for Publication: April 26, 2021.
Published: May 26, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.14861
Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2021 Howe JL et al. JAMA Network Open.
Corresponding Author: Raj M. Ratwani, PhD, Medstar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, 3007 Tilden St, Ste 7M, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (email@example.com).
Author Contributions: Dr Ratwani had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Concept and design: Howe, Trafton, Ratwani.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: All authors.
Drafting of the manuscript: Howe, Young, Trafton, Ratwani.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Howe, Parau, Trafton, Ratwani.
Statistical analysis: Howe, Trafton, Ratwani.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Howe, Young, Trafton.
Supervision: Trafton, Ratwani.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Trafton reported receiving grants from ONR during the conduct of the study. No other disclosures were reported.
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