Business Insider documents a new analysis of vaccination data for six states (largely in the Southeast) that both have high shares of Black residents and collect detailed vaccination and race data. The piece shows that in each state studied, Black vaccination rates were lower than among white people, with the imbalance particularly striking in North Carolina, where 21 percent of the population is Black, but only 10 percent of vaccine recipients are. The analysis acknowledges that differences in occupational structure and age may play a role in the early rollout, as does incomplete data, but emphasized the importance of reaching populations – particularly in the health care industry—who may be experiencing language barriers or fear as hurdles to vaccination. #covid-19 #racialequity
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