New data has revealed shocking differences between neighborhoods in New York City in terms of COVID-19 vaccination rates.
On Tuesday, the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene published immunization rates for coronavirus by zip code.
In more affluent, white areas like the Upper East, Douglaston, and City Island, up to 25 percent of adults have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
However, vaccination rates are lagging in low-income and minority neighborhoods, which are hardest hit in terms of cases and deaths.
Areas like the South Bronx, parts of Central Queens, and Central Brooklyn have some of the lowest rates in New York City. Only two percent of all adults are fully vaccinated against the virus.
New postcode vaccination rates in New York City show full vaccination rates of up to 25% in wealthier white neighborhoods (dark blue) but only 2% in poor minority neighborhoods (light blue).
These are the same zip codes that were hardest hit by the pandemic, with coronavirus infection rates of up to 7,600 cases per 100,000 (left) and death rates of up to 343 deaths per 100,000 people
The data showed that seven percent of all Manhattan residents are vaccinated with neighborhoods like Lincoln Square and Lenox Hill, which report up to 16 percent
Staten Island is the second most commonly vaccinated neighborhood. Six percent of all residents received both shots.
In the mostly white neighborhood of Douglaston, Queens, data shows that 20 percent of adults are fully vaccinated.
And City Island, a neighborhood in the Bronx that is mostly Caucasian residents, 25 percent received both shocks.
Many of these areas have reported relatively low coronavirus death rates, with around 163 deaths per 100,000, according to the city.
However, rates in the South Bronx, parts of Central Queens and Central Brooklyn – mostly minority communities – are lagging behind.
Neighborhoods such as Mott Haven, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and southern Jamaica report that only two percent of all adults have been fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 death rates in these zip codes were much higher, with 343 out of 100,000 people who died from the disease.
“Just as we’ve seen a much smaller portion of the vaccines go to black and brown New Yorkers, so do we see these geographic differences,” said Dr. Torian Easterling, Chief Equity Officer for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
In New York City, white residents are three times more likely to get the coronavirus vaccine than Latinos and four times more likely than black residents
Vaccination rates are the same as the white population, but according to CDC data, blacks and Latinos only made up 5.4% and 11.5% of the vaccinations, despite making up 12.5% and 19% of the US population, respectively
De Blasio said he believes the recent opening of mass vaccination sites at Citi Field in Queens and Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, reserved for residents of those counties, will increase vaccination rates. Pictured: People stand in line at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Citi Field on February 10
The inequalities take a look at the introduction of vaccines, which, according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, have “profound” racial differences.]
In New York City, white residents are three times more likely to get the coronavirus vaccine than Latino residents and four times more likely than black residents.
According to CDC data, black and Latin American Americans are about 1.5 times more likely than white Americans and about three times more likely to come into contact with the virus.
De Blasio said the low vaccination rates in minority communities were due to a mixture of distrust and racial inequality.
“We have a lot to do,” he said on Tuesday.
“ Much of it initially revolves around painful inequalities and inequalities. People with more privileges can best control this process. People who have more faith in the vaccine will make more efforts to get it. ‘
Easterling said more emphasis needs to be placed on vaccine education to make residents comfortable enough to take them.
He said two common complaints he hears are that[[[[Vaccine causes fertility problems and was the product of a hasty and uncertain scientific process.]
“The important part is not just building trust in vaccines, but making our communities feel like we are out here to really serve them,” Easterling said.
De Blasio said he believes the recent opening of mass vaccination sites at Citi Field in Queens and Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, reserved for residents of those counties, will increase vaccination rates.
“This is about addressing inequality and doing something very tangible about it. This effort will not stop. We will go deeper and deeper into the communities to make sure there is justice, ”he said.
The mayor also said the city plans to use the unique Johnson & Johnson vaccine for seniors in the home country.
“That’s where the Johnson & Johnson vaccine comes in, it’s a single dose that requires less refrigeration. It’s easier to use, easier to transport, ”he said.
“We’re going to use this Johnson & Johnson vaccine to reach seniors who are literally dispatching medical staff and training people to individual homes.”
J&J has submitted clinical vaccine trial data for emergency approval, but the Food and Drug Administration is not expected to approve the shot until March.