Like the rest of the United States, New York City has struggled to convince some groups of residents to get a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine. But new data released by the city on Wednesday shows big differences between who gets a third dose in the city.
Although millions of Americans flocked to be fully vaccinated, the number of people getting booster shots has fallen short. New York City now has the data to illustrate this: While 77 percent of all city residents have received either the Johnson & Johnson injection with a single dose or two doses of the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, only about 36 percent from Friday a booster shot.
Among adults 18 and older, only 43 percent had received a booster. The percentage was even lower for eligible children ages 13 to 17: 21 percent.
The numbers also pointed to further inequalities by neighborhood and race. Nearly half of Manhattan had been boosted, compared to just over a quarter of the Bronx.
And more than half of the city’s Asian and Native American residents had received a boost, while less than a quarter of its black residents had.
According to the municipality, the share of residents who received booster shots is:
The proportion of residents who received booster shots by race is:
Asian and Pacific Islanders: 57 percent
Native American: 55 percent
White: 37 percent
Hispanic/Latino: 26 percent
Black: 24 percent
Booster shots have been shown to be 90 percent effective in preventing hospitalization of the overwhelmingly dominant Omicron variant, which is highly contagious and has caused cases across the country to soar this winter.
On Friday, Mark Levine, the president of Manhattan, said, called on Twitter for the city to do more to close the disproportionate rates to protect its most at-risk residents.
“This leaves us vulnerable to a future wave,” wrote Mr Levine. “We need to focus on this.”