COVID vaccine disparities increased as eligibility expanded
Income and other socioeconomic factors seem to be driving bigger disparities in coronavirus vaccinations than race, according to CDC data released Friday.
The big picture: In counties with the highest social vulnerability, only about 50% of residents have been vaccinated — compared to 60% in the least vulnerable counties.
- There are a lot of ways to measure vulnerability, and racial and socioeconomic inequities are closely linked.
- Still, counties' income levels tended to correlate more closely to lower vaccination rates than their populations of color, the CDC found.
By the numbers: Vaccine disparities widened by 7 more percentage points between the most socially vulnerable and the least socially vulnerable counties when considering their socioeconomic status.
- Adults living in counties where the percentages of children, persons with disabilities were high were also greatly affected.