CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina vaccine data shows there are major racial disparities with the first doses of the COVID 19 vaccines.
New state data shows only eight percent of the doses have gone to African Americans in North Carolina, even though they represent 22% of the state. There’s a similar trend among other minority groups, like Hispanics.
Many of those first shipments were limited to healthcare workers, and not the general population yet. Since the vaccines were initially only available to a limited group of people in the first couple of weeks, including many frontline healthcare workers, the data does not necessarily reflect the African American population as a whole.
However, Dr. Karla Robinson said there are disparities with African Americans in the medical field too.
“We [African Americans] are the ones that are most severely affected,” said Dr. Karla Robinson, a physician at Urban Housecall. “There is a huge disparity as it relates [to] African American healthcare workers and so I think that may be certainly something we are seeing here.”