COVID-19 Controversy: An investigation of vaccination rates in Sedgwick county, Kansas
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Sims, Hallie, Dao, Mai. COVID-19 Controversy: An investigation of vaccination rates in Sedgwick county, Kansas. -- Fyre in STEM Showcase, 2022.
The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably challenged our healthcare system in terms of both prevention and treatment. There have been different response programs to battle the pandemic and protect citizens’ health, among which are the newly deployed COVID-19 vaccinations. In this project, we are interested in examining the vaccine acquisition rates of people in Sedgwick County, Kansas and if these proportions have close relationships with pandemic associated social media postings. Specifically, we conducted a systematic comparison of the vaccination rates among different age groups reported at the county level and investigated their relationships with vaccine-related Twitter hashtags. Using publicly available data, we studied this phenomenon from a statistical viewpoint to gain an informed understanding of how Sedgwick residents actively participate in health protection measures.
Poster and abstract presented at the FYRE in STEM Showcase, 2022.
Research project completed at the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics.