Racial gap in COVID vaccination rates closes drastically

Published: Oct. 24, 2021 at 12:01 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - The racial gap in COVID vaccination rates in Vermont has closed drastically over the course of several months.

In the spring, white Vermonters were nearly 15% more vaccinated than BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Vermonters.

Deputy Health Commissioner Kelly Dougherty says that number has since dropped to 0.9%.

Officials say Vermonters of color are still disproportionately infected with COVID, but as of last week, they’ve seen a shift. They report that case rates among fully vaccinated white Vermonters is about 7% higher than fully vaccinated BIPOC Vermonters.

“So that’s kind of a point in time but overall, throughout the course of the pandemic, the case ratees among BIPOC have been significantly higher than non-Hispanic whites, so this is just a point in time,” she said.

Officials says it’s unknown at this time what is driving the change in COVID infection rates between white and BIPOC Vermonters.

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