Mar 21, 2022 - Health

Black adult hospitalizations rose during Omicron wave

Data: CDC; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

Black adults accounted for a higher percentage of hospitalizations when Omicron was the predominant variant spreading in the U.S. (27%) than during the Delta-predominant period (22%), CDC data released Friday shows.

  • Driving the news: The findings suggest the increased hospitalization risk during Omicron could be due, in part, to lower proportions of Black adults receiving both of their primary vaccines and booster doses, the authors write.
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