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How Demographics Impact COVID Vaccination Statistics

By September 13, 2021No Comments

Approximately 70% of adults in the United States received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of August 2021. Though the data is ever changing, taking into account the demographics within the vaccinated population provides medical professionals a better understanding of their current world. Staying knowledgeable of gender, race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status (SES) and how it impacts vaccination data may help healthcare providers meet their patients’ needs more appropriately.

Race and Ethnicity

The CDC, in August 2021, took a closer look at the race and ethnicities of vaccinated adults. Out of that reported 58% of adults studied, approximately 59% were white, 16% were Hispanic, 10% were Black, 1% were Alaska Native or American Indian, and 6% were Asian. Less than 1% were Pacific Islander or Hawaiian and about 8% of respondents stated multiple races. Recent records show that more minorities have received one or both vaccines, lessening racial gaps nationally. If providers continue to discuss vaccination options with their patients (especially minorities) we may see this trend continue.

Socioeconomic Status

Socioeconomic status (SES) is a unique factor impacting vaccine demographic data. By recognizing how SES plays a part in who is and who isn’t vaccinated, you may better understand your patients’ motivations. Reports show those in suburban and nonmetropolitan areas to have received one or both vaccines during the early vaccination time frame between December 2020 and May 2021, lessening after May 2021. Reports also show those  living in poverty, receiving less education, and in poor health to have disparities in vaccine coverage.

Gender

The gender gap between male and female COVID-19 vaccinations is an intriguing one to take into account when working in the healthcare field. With more females taking on caregiver or healthcare roles than males, women have been more likely to seek out preventative care opportunities, including the completion of both vaccinations. The American Journal of Men’s Health explains that males seek care less and, in return, have been less likely to complete vaccinations. Medical school professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Elvin Geng, further solidifies the statistic regarding females of all races and age groups are more proactive when utilizing health services.

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