A few weeks ago, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a startling report: minorities in the US—particularly Latinos—were getting vaccinated at disproportionately lower rates compared to Whites despite suffering higher rates of infection and death from Covid-19.
During the first months vaccinations were available, Latinos in the US received about 11.5% of the vaccinations, while Non-Hispanic whites, on the other hand, got over 60% of the vaccines—at least when the report had access to racial and ethnic data. Vaccine administrators only collected it about half the time, possibly skewing the data.
Overcoming these vaccination disparities are key to ending the pandemic. But that’s not happening yet, says Maria Theresa Kumar, the president and chief executive officer of Voto Latino, a Latino political organization. “None of it is going okay,” she says.