KFF has updated its national analysis of race/ethnicity data of COVID-19 circumstances and deaths, vaccinations, and coverings as issues develop over a possible improve in COVID-19 circumstances throughout winter and upcoming vacation gatherings and the low take-up of the COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine among the many eligible public.
Regardless of earlier progress narrowing disparities in COVID-19 vaccination, new disparities have emerged in take-up of boosters and remedy.
Federal knowledge from earlier this month signifies that, among the many eligible inhabitants, 10% of White individuals had obtained a COVID-19 bivalent booster dose, twice the speed of eligible Black (5%) and Hispanic (4%) individuals and almost twice as excessive as for Native Hawaiian or Different Pacific Islander individuals (6%). Eleven % of Asian individuals and eight% of American Indian and Alaskan Native individuals had obtained a bivalent booster dose.
The bivalent booster knowledge stands in distinction to the vaccination charges amongst racial and ethnic teams for at the least one dose of the first COVID-19 vaccine. The speed for a major COVID-19 vaccine dose amongst White individuals stood at 56% earlier this month. The first vaccine dose fee amongst Black individuals lagged at 50%, whereas different racial and ethnic teams had surpassed the charges amongst White individuals. Uptake of at the least one dose of the first COVID-19 vaccine started leveling off throughout all racial/ethnic teams in late winter 2021.
Racial and ethnic gaps are additionally discovered within the knowledge on the remedy of COVID-19. As of mid-2022, amongst COVID-19 sufferers aged 20 and older, individuals of coloration had been much less more likely to have been handled with the antiviral remedy Paxlovid. Whereas the disparities had been discovered throughout all age teams, the Paxlovid remedy hole was extra evident amongst adults aged 50 or older and those that are immunocompromised (teams extra in danger for critical well being outcomes).
For the total evaluation together with a have a look at the traits in racial disparities in circumstances and deaths which have widened and narrowed over the course of the pandemic learn, COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Vaccinations, and Treatments by Race/Ethnicity as of Fall 2022.