People of color have been less likely than their white counterparts to get a COVID-19 vaccine — but this is gradually changing

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Despite the initial challenges to access and advance the COVID-19 vaccine, some things have slowly changed for the better.

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“Black and Hispanic people are less likely than their white counterparts to receive the vaccine, but these disparities have decreased over time, especially for Hispanics,” according to Kaiser Family Foundation, a healthcare think tank. “White people account for the largest share of unvaccinated people.”

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The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data reported that race/ethnicity was known for 74 percent of people who received at least one dose of the vaccine. Of this group, 56% were white, while 10% were black, 20% were Hispanic/Latino, 7% were Asian, 1% were American Indian or Alaska Native, and less than 1% were Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. Were.

Whites and blacks made up smaller portions of those receiving at least one dose of the vaccine compared to their respective shares of the total US population, while Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, and identifying with “multiple” According to CDC data, the “other” race or ethnicity has all exceeded their share of the overall population.

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,‘Ensuring equity in booster shots and immunizations among children is also important.’,


– Kaiser Family Foundation

“Significant gaps in the data help to understand who is vaccinated and who is not. To date, CDC is not publicly reporting state-level data on the racial/ethnic composition of people who are vaccinated,” KFF said.

CDC also isn’t reporting racial/ethnic vaccination data for children, and racial/ethnic data for boosters is limited to people 65 and older. In the latter group, 73% were white, 8% were black, 8% were Hispanic and 4% were Asian.

KFF said, “With booster shot eligibility expanding to vaccinate all individuals 12 years of age and older and children aged 5-11 years, it is also important to ensure equality in booster shots and immunization among children. “

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Most shots in the US make up less than 63% of the population are fully vaccinated, and only 37.5% have boosters.

‘High vulnerability’

The rate of change in vaccination coverage was lower in “high-vulnerability” California counties than in medium- and low-vulnerability counties, as measured by the Social Vulnerability Index, a separate study found this week.

The index, created by the CDC, quantifies a population’s relative social vulnerability along the lines of socioeconomic status, household structure and disability, minority status and language, and housing and transportation.

Posted in Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, the peer-reviewed study found that minority status and ability to speak English were major factors in reducing access to COVID-19 vaccines, highlighting the need for more outreach.

,‘We have begun to see that residents of highly vulnerable counties receive higher rates of vaccination.’,


—Alexander Bruckhaus, study co-author, published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

“In other words, there has been a slow increase in the number of vaccinations, with more racial/ethnic minority residents, and a higher concentration of people whose English is less fluent,” said co-author Alexander Bruckhaus.

Brookhaus, a research fellow at the University of Southern California’s Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, and his fellow scientists analyzed vaccination data between December 2020 and May 2021.

“In March 2021, the state of California made the decision to invest in public education around vaccines, and this is when we began to see residents of high-sensitive counties receiving higher rates of vaccinations,” Brookhaus said.

Since then, the Omicron variant has made a splash across the US, putting pressure on hospitals. Nationally intensive care units have an 80% occupancy rate, according to New York Times Tracker, but many hospitals are at full or near full capacity.

Read further: People of color face many barriers to vaccine access – including ‘suspicion of a system that has treated them poorly’

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