Aug 26, 2022 - Health

Data shows racial gaps in monkeypox vaccinations

A monkeypox vaccine clinic in Tustin, California, is seen on Aug. 16, 2022. Photo: Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

While the U.S. has given "nearly all" of those most at-risk for monkeypox a dose of the vaccine, evidence of disparities are emerging.

The big picture: Black men account for about one-third of monkeypox cases in the U.S. while having received about 10% of vaccine doses, AP reports.

  • The gaps at a national level are similar to those seen in data from Georgia, North Carolina, New York City and Washington, D.C., according to AP.

By the numbers: The CDC released data Friday on about 208,000 administered vaccine doses out of more than 1 million that have been dispersed.

  • Nearly half of the recipients were white and almost 25% were Hispanic, while about 10% were Black and 10% were Asian.
  • More than 50% were 25-39 years old.
  • A vast majority, about 94%, identified as male.

Be smart: The disparities echo trends seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Black and Hispanic Americans saw higher coronavirus case rates than white Americans and their vaccination rates lagged.

Of note: Monkeypox infections are seen overwhelmingly among men who have sex with men.

  • Around 50% of surveyed men reported having reduced their number of sex partners and their one-time sexual encounters, and avoided some virtual and real spaces associated with increased monkeypox exposure risk as recommended by the CDC, officials said Friday.
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