COVID-19 Winning In Minority Communities:Biden And Harris To Celebrate Half Way COVID-19 Vaccine Mark

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 25, 2021)—today President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will host a COVID-19 milestone celebration at the White House.  Biden has delivered 50 million vaccines—towards his 100 day goal of 100 million.

But, delivering the vaccines have not gone smoothly.  In California access codes meant to give Californians of color priority access to Covid-19 vaccine slots have been getting passed around among other residents in the state, allowing some to cut the line and get appointments meant for underserved Black and Latino residents,” according to Guardian News.

Misuse of these codes was reported at vaccine sites in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, said Brian Ferguson, spokesperson for the California office of emergency services, to the Guardian.

The Biden’s administration COVID-19 vaccine plan in the Black Community is scarcely moving successfully while COVID-19 is winning in the minority communities.  Black Americans’ share of vaccinations is smaller than their share of cases in 16 reporting states and smaller than their share of deaths in 15 of the states. The trend is similar for Hispanic Americans with them accounting for a smaller share of vaccinations compared to cases and deaths in most states reporting data.

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Some key findings in the data:

  • Overall, 59% of health care workers are White and 41% are people of color (including 17% who are Black, 14% who are Hispanic, and 8% who are Asian). However, the majority (52%) of workers in long-term care settings are people of color (including 28% who are Black, 15% who are Hispanic, and 6% who are Asian) while 48% are White.
  • A large majority (77%) of health care workers are women, and the number rises to 84% in long-term care settings.
  • 17% of health care workers are low-income (household income less than 200% of the federal poverty level), with 5% having household income below the poverty level. One-third (33%) of workers in long-term care settings are low-income, including 11% who have household income below poverty.
  • 14% of health workers in long-term care are uninsured and about one in five (21%) have Medicaid coverage. Overall, less than one in ten (7%) health care workers are uninsured.
  • Eight in ten of health care workers have completed at least some college, while 4% have not completed high school. Among those working in long-term care, six in ten have completed some college, with 10% having less than a high school education.

During the month of February, Non minority people were over three times more likely than Hispanic people to have received at least the first dose of a vaccination (10% vs. 3%) based on data from just over half the states. These data are early, with vaccinations still only available to limited groups in some states, which may affect demographic trends. They also are subject to a range of gaps and limitations. However, the consistency in patterns across states point to potential challenges for vaccinating Hispanic people, whose health and finances have been extremely hard hit by the pandemic. Low rates of vaccination among Hispanic people would leave them at increased risk for the virus, could further widen existing health disparities, and would leave gaps that hinder our ability to achieve overall population immunity.

The latest data indicates that the COVID-19 virus–continues to take a toll in minority communities and  the  hotspots and hospitalizations; cases, deaths, and vaccinations by race and ethnicity; and cases and deaths at long-term care facilities continue to be a problem with no answer in sight. 

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Minority communities have suffered health and social-economic disparities for decades.  A large number of minority communities are suffering added stresses–unemployment, homelessness, evictions, mortgage foreclosures, and starvation.  All underlining stresses which impact how the individuals are responding to the COVID-19 virus infections and receiving medical care.  Bottom, America has forgotten its minority communities health and soci-economic disparities for two-hundred years.

Source:Chart KFF and Photo C-SPAN

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