Baku, February 2, AZERTAC
White people received more than half of all vaccinations against COVID-19 during the first month of the rollout, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Just over 5% of the nearly 13 million people who received the shot between Dec. 14 and Jan. 14 people vaccinated against the coronavirus in the U.S. so far have been Black, and just under 12% were Hispanic, the data shows.
Black people make up roughly 13% of the population nationally, while Hispanic people are about 19%, based on figures from the U.S. Census.
CDC researchers wrote in the study that "more complete reporting of race and ethnicity data" is needed to prevent "potential disparities" in groups of people in the United States receiving the vaccine -- "especially among those at highest risk for infection and severe adverse health outcomes."
Black people and Hispanic people are up to twice as likely to get infected with COVID-19 compared to White people and four times as likely to require hospital care as a result, according to CDC data.
These two groups also have a three-fold higher risk for death from the virus, the CDC said.