New York City booster shot data shows major racial disparities
Like the rest of the country, New York City has struggled to persuade certain groups of residents to get a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine. But new figures released by the city on Wednesday show who is getting the third dose in the city.
Although millions of Americans flock to receive the full vaccination, the number of people receiving booster shots has dwindled. New York City now has data to give an example: While 77 percent of all city residents received the Johnson & Johnson shot or two doses of mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna, only 36 percent received Was. A booster shot by Friday.
Looking at adults age 18 and older, only 43 percent had received a booster. The rate was even lower for eligible children ages 13 to 17:21 percent.
The numbers also highlighted further disparities by neighborhood and race. Nearly half of Manhattans were promoted, compared to more than a quarter of the Bronx.
And more than half of the city’s Asian and Native American residents were promoted, while less than a quarter were black residents.
The share of residents who received the booster shot by city are:
The share of residents who received the booster shot by race are:
Asians and Pacific Islanders: 57 percent
Native American: 55 percent
White: 37 percent
Hispanic/Latino: 26 percent
Black: 24 percent
Booster shots have been shown to be 90 percent effective at preventing hospitalizations from the highly effective Omron variant, which is highly contagious and has caused an increase in case rates across the country this winter.
Manhattan City President Mark Levine on Friday called on twitter For the city to do more to close disproportionate rates to protect its most at-risk residents.
“This makes us vulnerable to the wave of the future,” Mr Levine wrote. “We have to pay attention to this.”
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