New CDC data shows stark disparities in coronavirus shots

A woman wearing a mask walks at the National Mall in Washington D.C. the United States Jan. 30 2021

Race data was only available for about half of the 12.92 million people vaccinated in the United States between December 14, 2020 and january 14, 2021.

"More complete reporting of race and ethnicity data at the provider and jurisdictional levels is critical to ensure rapid detection of and response to potential disparities in COVID-19 vaccination", the CDC said.

The variety of deaths doesn't at all times correspond to the upward or downward pattern of infections, however relatively lags behind, since it could actually take days or even weeks for an individual to die from COVID-19 after contracting the illness.

These two groups also have a three-fold higher risk for death from the virus, the CDC said.

A total of 3,683,718 vaccine doses have been administered in long-term care facilities, the agency said.

The federal data showed that of those for whom racial/ethnic data was reported, 14.4% were reported as multiple/other, 6.0% Asian and 2.0% American Indian or Alaskan Natives, the study showed.

The deadliest month yet of the coronavirus outbreak in the USA drew to a close with certain signs of progress: COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are plummeting, while vaccinations are picking up speed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave a national accounting of a problem that's been reported anecdotally - many nursing home workers are not getting the shots. "We must address these insufficient data points as an urgent priority".

Researchers have noted, including those involved with the CDC analysis published on Monday, that many vaccination records have not had race or ethnicity information - with information on Hispanic people receiving the shot particularly lacking.

Blacks and Latinos are among the hardest hit by COVID-19, and public health officials have broadly called for equity in vaccine distribution.

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