Alabama Newscenter — UAB Stats Show Early, Effective COVID Vaccine Reach Into Underrepresented Communities

| February 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am

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By Tyler Greer

Of the 59,167 vaccinations delivered by UAB and UAB Medicine the past two months, almost 21% of those doses were administered to people who self-identified as Black, 67% white, 7% Asian and 3% Hispanic or Latino.

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has highlighted people of color among the “critical population” to vaccinate because they are at “increased risk of acquiring or transmitting COVID-19,” a nationwide report the agency released on Feb. 1 estimates that only 5.4% of those vaccinated are Black. ABC News recently examined 15 states’ data and determined that many are underperforming when it comes to providing vaccines to Blacks.

In Alabama, 27.8% of residents are Black.

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