Minorities underrepresented in vaccinated population

SPOKANE, Wash. — Vaccine eligibility is now open to everyone, but quite a few people are still slipping through the COVID cracks. More people of color have gotten COVID than white people and now, they’re not getting vaccinated as much either.

The Department of Health shared vaccination coverage by race and ethnicity in Washington State, and it’s all broken down by county.

In this first graph, we have Spokane’s total population. Race and ethnicity are missing for about 6% of all vaccinated individuals, so these totals won’t be exact.

  • 84% Non-Hispanic whites
  • 6% Hispanic
  • 3% Asian
  • 2% African American
  • 1% Native American
  • 1% Pacific Islander
Spokane County Population Graph

Spokane County Population Graph

Here’s how the vaccinations break down:

  • 81% Non-Hispanic Whites
  • 3% Hispanic
  • 2% Asian
  • 1% African Americans
  • 1% Native American
  • 0% Pacific Islander (So few, it populates as zero)
Completed Vaccines Graphic

Completed Vaccines Graphic

This information is based upon providers giving those vaccines. Ethnicity is a required field, but it can be listed as ‘unknown.’ That’s how 6% of fully vaccinated people list themselves.

4 News Now will continue to follow this in an effort to get answers on why minority groups aren’t getting vaccinated at the same rate as whites.

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