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USA Today: Vaccine equity remains elusive as vaccination rates for people of color still lag

By May 7, 2021May 17th, 2021No Comments

Five months into America’s unprecedented vaccination effort, the trend is holding across much of the nation, as white people continue to be vaccinated at faster rates than Black and Hispanic people in most states.

Hispanics make up only 12% of COVID-19 vaccinations, but 17% of the U.S. population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of Wednesday. Similarly, 8.8% of those who have received at least one dose are Black, but Black people make up more than 12% of the population.

“If we mean equity, and if we mean vaccine for all and justice for all, then there’s still a lot more that we need to do,” said Harald Schmidt, an assistant professor of medical ethics and health policy at University of Pennsylvania, who writes on vaccine rationing and social vulnerability.

Read more at USA Today.

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    Harald Schmidt, PhD, MA

    Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine