On the eve of Martin Luther King Day, let us take a quick look at the impact of COVID-19 by race/ethnicity. CDC reports rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. One can see that cases are higher for most minorities (except Asians) relative to Non-Hispanic Whites, but hospitalizations and deaths are much higher for all minorities relative to Non-Hispanic whites. COVID-19 hospitalizations are more than triple the rate for Whites and deaths are more than double.
One solution to this issue would be to increase vaccination rates across the board. However, according to a survey in November, minorities are less interested in getting COVID-19 vaccinations compared to Whites.
Much progress is needed to get people vaccinated quickly. Israel’s success may provide some learnings on how to get more people vaccinated, fast!