Racial disparities persist in vaccinations
May 25, 2021
Black Americans’ covid-19 vaccination rates are still lagging months into the nation’s campaign, while Hispanics are closing the gap and Native Americans show the highest rates overall, according to federal data obtained by KHN.
The data, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to a public records request, gives a sweeping national look at the race and ethnicity of vaccinated people on a state-by-state basis. Yet nearly half of those vaccination records are missing race or ethnicity information.
KHN’s analysis shows that only 22 percent of Black Americans have gotten a shot, and Black rates still trail those of Whites in almost every state.