V-safe, a program designed to monitor how well the vaccines work over time, can only be used if you have a smartphone. That makes it inaccessible to approximately one in five Americans.
The digital divide can be deadly. That has been the stark lesson of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has revealed how decades of underinvestment in digital infrastructure have left millions of Americans cut off from help during COVID-19. This has prevented many from finding vaccine appointments, it has thwarted efforts to release contact-tracing apps, and now it’s undermining the safety of the vaccine.