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Data Analysis Shows Inequity In Vaccine Rollout

Patients waiting in line for a COVID-19 vaccine outside a vaccination super station in Chula Vista, Calif. Feb. 5, 2021.
Matt Hoffman
Patients waiting in line for a COVID-19 vaccine outside a vaccination super station in Chula Vista, Calif. Feb. 5, 2021.
The San Diego Union-Tribune analyzed data that show that San Diegans of Latino, Black and Asian descent are being vaccinated at lower rates than their white counterparts.

The San Diego Union-Tribune analyzed data that shows that San Diegans of Latino, Black and Asian descent are being vaccinated at lower rates than their white counterparts.

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When accounting for differences within those groups in terms of who is currently eligible for the vaccine, the discrepancies still exist and highlight inequity in the roll out. Those who are 65 years and older, healthcare workers and people who live in long-term care facilities are currently eligible for the vaccine. It is expected that people who are younger than 65 and have certain pre-existing conditions or disabilities will be eligible to get the vaccine beginning on March 15.

Union Tribune biotech reporter Jonathan Wosen told Midday Edition on Wednesday that the rate discrepancy can be attributed to lack of access to technology and transportation, difficulties using that technology and language barriers, in addition to hesitancy over getting the vaccine.