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ICYMI - NHPR: Black, Latino Residents Falling Behind in N.H.'s Vaccine Rollout

In Case You Missed It, New Hampshire Public Radio reported on data released from the state’s health department that show how Governor Sununu’s vaccine rollout is leaving New Hampshire’s residents of color behind. Despite the fact that Black and Latino Granite Staters are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, these same populations are only being vaccinated at half the rate of white residents.

Key points:

  • “About 16 percent of New Hampshire’s white population has received their first dose, compared with about 7 percent of the Black and Latino populations.”

  • “The overwhelming majority of those who've been vaccinated in New Hampshire so far have been white.”

  • “Latino residents make up about 4 percent of the state's overall population, according to Census Bureau data cited by state health officials, but less than 2 percent of those vaccinated. Black residents make up about 1.4 percent of the population but account for less than one percent of those vaccinated so far.”

  • “New Hampshire is one of the last states to share information on the race and ethnicity of who’s being vaccinated. By the start of March, 41 states were reporting this data, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.”

NHPR: Black, Latino Residents Falling Behind in N.H.'s Vaccine Rollout March 16, 2021 By Casey McDermott

Black and Latino people in New Hampshire have faced disproportionate harm from the COVID-19 pandemic, including higher rates of infection. But they're falling behind in New Hampshire’s vaccine rollout, according to new data from the state health department.

As of March 8, according to the new data provided in response to a public records request from NHPR, Black and Latino residents have received the vaccine at roughly half the rate of white residents. About 16 percent of New Hampshire’s white population has received their first dose, compared with about 7 percent of the Black and Latino populations. Similar gaps exist in the state’s fully vaccinated population: About 6.5 percent of white residents have received all recommended doses, about two times the share of Black and Latino residents.

Asian residents fall slightly behind white residents in New Hampshire’s vaccine coverage, but ahead of other racial and ethnic groups, according to the state’s data. About 10 percent of Asian residents in New Hampshire have received at least one dose, and about 6.3 percent have been fully vaccinated.

The overwhelming majority of those who've been vaccinated in New Hampshire so far have been white. Latino residents make up about 4 percent of the state's overall population, according to Census Bureau data cited by state health officials, but less than 2 percent of those vaccinated. Black residents make up about 1.4 percent of the population but account for less than one percent of those vaccinated so far.

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New Hampshire is one of the last states to share information on the race and ethnicity of who’s being vaccinated. By the start of March, 41 states were reporting this data, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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