Mar 11, 2021 - Health

Community health centers vaccinated people of color at higher rates

Illustration of a syringe returning vaccine to a vial.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

54% of people who got their first dose of the vaccine through a community health center were people of color, a Wednesday brief from Kaiser Family Foundation found.

The big picture: Community health centers are a primary source of care for low-income populations and people of color.

  • By the numbers: 26% of the people who got their shots at a health center were Hispanic, and 12% were Black. In the U.S. overall, 9% of vaccine recipients so far are Hispanic and 7% are Black.

What's next: The Biden administration is providing $250 million in federal grants to community organizations working to combat broader inequities in the response to the pandemic.

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