Austin Public Well being is now publishing demographic knowledge on its Covid-19 vaccine distributions. The info is obtainable in an online dashboard that shall be up to date weekly.
The dashboard reveals that as of Jan. 29, APH had distributed 31,251 doses. About 70 % of the vaccines have gone to individuals 60 and older. Folks 65 and older are in one of many teams eligible to obtain a vaccine proper now below state tips, since they’re extra more likely to develop problems from the virus.
Thus far, the chances of vaccines distributed to white, Hispanic and Asian people are according to the proportion of these teams that make up the 65-and-older inhabitants of Travis County. However the knowledge falls brief for Black residents.
For instance, 64 % of vaccine recipients are white and about 68 % of the Travis County inhabitants over age 65 are white. About 19 % of vaccine recipients are Hispanic and 18 % of the county inhabitants 65 and older are Hispanic. About 8 % of vaccine recipients are Asian, and 5 % of the 65-and-older inhabitants are Asian.
In the meantime, 4 % of vaccine recipients are Black, whereas 7.6 % of the 65+ inhabitants in Travis County are Black.
APH stated it was inspired by the outcomes to this point, however stays “deeply involved that vaccine distribution isn’t reaching people who establish as Hispanic or African American, particularly given the pandemic’s disproportionate influence to those communities.”
Though the proportion of Hispanic people getting vaccinated traces up with the county’s inhabitants, “that’s not sufficient to counter the transmission ranges amongst this inhabitants.”
“We should increase present efforts to offer vaccines to extra members of our Hispanic and African American communities, particularly in areas the place illness transmission is excessive,” APH Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard stated in a press launch.
The town and county are attempting to deal with these disparities in a variety of methods: working with grassroots teams to speak the significance of the vaccine; proactively calling members of weak populations to register them; wanting into methods to manage the vaccine to homebound individuals; and partnering with Capital Metro to offer transportation to vaccine appointments.
Texas residents can go to any vaccine hub within the state to enroll in a vaccine; it doesn’t need to be from the county they dwell in. In keeping with a map in APH’s vaccine dashboard, most people getting a vaccine from APH dwell in Central Texas. Recipients are extra closely concentrated west of Interstate 35.
A chosen vaccine hub, Austin Public Well being has been receiving 12,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine per week since Jan. 11. However greater than 150,000 individuals who have registered with APH qualify for a vaccine proper now, so the company has been urging people to be patient because it strikes via the waitlist.
“For a group with over 1.3 million individuals and receiving 12,000 doses per week, we’ve an extended option to go,” interim Austin-Travis County Well being Authority Dr. Mark Escott stated in a press launch. “We merely wouldn’t have sufficient of the vaccine to present to everybody who wants and desires it. Whereas we look ahead to provides to extend, we’d like everybody to assist gradual the unfold by practising the three W’s: Put on a face masking, wash your arms and watch your distance.”
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