The stats on the CDC’s vaccine data website are trigger for each hope, and — for Black and brown communities — sadness-tinged outrage.
The CDC added a vaccine stats section to its COVID knowledge hub at the start of January. It consists of counts of vaccine doses distributed to states, these administered to individuals within the states, and a color-coded map based mostly on the share of vaccines administered per a state’s 100,000 residents. It additionally options numbers on the long run care facility vaccine partnership.
Over the previous two months, the CDC has made its knowledge extra granular. Guests to the location can now see these numbers of doses distributed and administered for the overall inhabitants versus the 18+ inhabitants. It additionally exhibits numbers for individuals who have had one shot versus two pictures, because the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two pictures, spaced out 4 and three weeks, respectively. Each pictures are required for full vaccination.
Within the “vaccine trends” part, which customers can attain by increasing the “vaccines” tab within the left hand sidebar, you’ll be able to view the shifting every day common of pictures administered per day.
It has been heartening to see vaccine numbers go up and up because the new yr. Even with way more progress wanted to succeed in herd immunity, these knowledge factors and percentages symbolize actual individuals defending themselves and their members of the family from COVID. As of this writing, over 80 million vaccine doses had been distributed to Individuals.
Sadly, the outlook isn’t as sunny should you dive deeper into some of the information.
Within the sidebar, you too can click on on “vaccination demographics.” This lets you see vaccine breakdowns by age, intercourse, and race.
The CDC provides a huge caveat: “these knowledge are…not generalizable to the complete US inhabitants.” That is as a result of reporting from state to state is inconsistent, and as a result of states are prioritizing completely different teams in a different way from one another.
Nonetheless, the stats — significantly these round race — help what has been broadly reported: That white individuals are getting the vaccine at far higher rates than individuals of shade. White individuals comprise round 65% of the individuals who have acquired each one shot and two pictures. In distinction, solely 8.5% of individuals who have acquired one shot are Hispanic and simply 6.8% are Black. For different ethnicities, it is even decrease. The numbers are related for recipients of two pictures.
Vaccine distribution hasn’t been proportionate demographically, nor has it prioritized the teams who’re most in danger.
In accordance with census data, non-Hispanic whites comprise 60% of the U.S. inhabitants. So whereas a vaccination proportion of 65% won’t seem to be such a vast discrepancy, it’s trigger for concern contemplating the way in which COVID has disproportionately affected communities of shade.
Hispanic and Black individuals have born the brunt of infections and deaths. The American Public Media Research Group says “Pacific Islanders, Latino, Black and Indigenous Individuals all have a COVID-19 demise charge of double or extra that of White and Asian Individuals, who expertise the bottom age-adjusted charges.” If the federal government’s goal is to get the vaccine to essentially the most susceptible populations, on the subject of race, it’s not reaching that objective.
Even when the numbers communicate to failures throughout the vaccine rollout, it’s encouraging that this knowledge is public in any respect. Underneath the Trump administration, the White Home actively tried to prevent the CDC from publicizing some sorts of COVID knowledge.
Nonetheless, transparency is simply step one. The knowledge present that the federal government must do extra to make the vaccine rollout equitable.
The upward pattern of vaccinated individuals is trigger for hope. However the satan of well being knowledge — and lives misplaced, or saved — is within the particulars.