Racial Gap in COVID Vaccination Closes

The U.S. has closed the racial gap on COVID-19 vaccination, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), and the Biden administration is taking credit for the win.

According to the latest survey data from KFF’s COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor Dashboard, 73% of Hispanic adults reported being at least partially vaccinated, along with 70% of Black adults and 71% of white adults.

Back in May — prior to President Biden’s “month of action” — the same survey showed rates of 57%, 56%, and 65%, respectively, noted Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, during a White House COVID-19 Response Team press briefing on Tuesday.

Disparities in vaccine uptake stemmed from barriers to access as well as concerns over safety and efficacy, which were often rooted in misinformation, explained Nunez-Smith, chair of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

And the closing of that gap, “that’s the result of intentional work to address those barriers, to address those concerns,” she said.

Response Team coordinator Jeffrey Zients credited the Biden administration’s “relentless focus on advancing equity” and its efforts to reach the hardest-hit and most vulnerable communities.

Other research also supports the findings from KFF dashboard’s, Nunez-Smith noted.

The Pew Research Center survey, which includes 10,000 respondents, found that 76% of Hispanic adults had received at least one COVID-19 shot, along with 72% of white adults and 70% of Black adults. And CDC’s National Immunization Survey, which polled 19,000 respondents by phone, found rates of 78%, 76%, and 73%, respectively.

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