Map courtesy of NYC Department of Health
Just over a third of New York City residents have received a coronavirus booster shot, according to newly published data released by the city’s health department this week. While roughly 77 percent of New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, just 36 percent have received an additional dose of the Covid vaccine. The data also reveals racial disparities among vaccination rates citywide, with 57 percent of Asian and Pacific Islander residents getting boosted compared to 24 percent of Black New Yorkers.
Chart courtesy of NYC Department of Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week reported over 95.9 million fully vaccinated people have received a booster shot, roughly 44 percent. In New York City, only the borough of Manhattan is exceeding the national rate of booster doses administered.
Looking at the borough breakdown of booster shot rates, Manhattan has the highest share of boosted residents at 45 percent, followed by 40 percent in Queens, 32 percent in Brooklyn and on Staten Island, and 27 percent in the Bronx.
Discrepancies among vaccinated New Yorkers by race and ethnicity are even more apparent. According to the data, 66 percent of residents who are Asian/Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander and Native American have received a booster shot, followed by 43 percent of white people, 33 percent of Hispanic/Latino people, and 29 percent of Black people.
The data also shows the booster vaccine rate by ZIP code, with part of the Financial District, Long Island City, Flushing/Murray Hill/Queensboro Hill, Lenox Hill, Lincoln Square, and Hell’s Kitchen at or above 60 percent of residents boosted. About 20 ZIP codes listed show less than 25 percent of residents with an additional dose.
Vaccines have proven extremely effective in preventing serious illness and death from Covid. According to a study done by Yale University supported by the city’s Health Department, over 48,000 deaths, 300,000 hospitalizations, and 1.9 million cases have been prevented since the city’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign started in December 2020.
Find where to get a booster shot near you, here, or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) to schedule an appointment at a city location or to request an at-home vaccination.
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