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'Shockingly Low' Numbers Of Black Angelenos Have Been Vaccinated So Far

Courtesy LA County Dept. of Public Health
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More than a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have gone into the arms of LA County residents so far, but the rollout is not reaching all Angelenos equally.

According to county public health officials, about half of those who have received at least one shot of the vaccine are white or Latino, while just 3.5% are Black.

County public health director Barbara Ferrer called those numbers "shockingly low," saying they highlight a "glaring inadequacy" in how the vaccine is distributed.

She said the county is trying to solve the problem:

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"We're going to continue to work with our community partners to ensure that we're not only getting everyone vaccinated quickly, but we're addressing the need to provide easier access to neighborhood sites and better access to accurate information about the vaccines."

Courtesy LA County Dept. of Public Health
The data also shows a marked disparity among residents aged 65 and older who have been vaccinated, with Black residents making up just 7% of that group.

That's the lowest rate among all racial and ethnic groups in that age category, compared to about 17% of older white Angelenos, and 18% of older Asian Angelenos.


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