States are making new groups eligible for Covid-19 vaccines at a faster but uneven pace, creating discrepancies that are stoking confusion and encouraging some people to trek to places with more lenient policies.
New Yorkers ages 60 and older became eligible for vaccinations on Wednesday. In neighboring New Jersey, residents 65 and older are eligible, while in Connecticut, the cutoff age is 55. Hospitality employees in Pittsburgh aren’t eligible, but some of their co-workers are because they smoke. And in Michigan, restaurant and bar workers are subject to different rules depending on the county where they live.
Aimée Coldren, a 37-year-old bartender in Detroit, said she has received two vaccine doses. Her friend Casey Miller, 34, a bartender at a speakeasy in nearby Ann Arbor, isn’t eligible yet.
“Why are things different county to county?” Mr. Miller said.
Vaccination rates across the U.S. are picking up. President Biden said earlier this month that there would be enough vaccines for all American adults by the end of May. Over 95 million shots have been administered in the U.S. so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the rate has risen to about 2.2 million shots a day.