NYC Health Department releases new data showing disparity in monkeypox vaccine access
The New York City Health Department has released new data that it says shows some changes that need to be made when it comes to getting equal amounts of the monkeypox vaccine out across the city.
As of Wednesday, more than 63,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine have been given out, but the Health Department says there appears to be some inequities when it comes to vaccine access.
The data shows that just over 23% of vaccines have been administered to Hispanic or Latino New Yorkers, who make up 16% of the population that may be eligible.
Members of the Asian and Pacific Islander community have received over 10% of the doses and make up 7% of the eligible population.
The Black community has shown the biggest disparity - they have only gotten 12% of doses and make up 31% of those eligible.
For Brooklyn, the department says 28.5% of vaccines have been given to residents even though only 23% are eligible, based on the survey.
In the Bronx, however, 5% of doses have been administered despite 10% of the borough being eligible.
Elisa Crespo, the executive director of the New Pride Agenda, an LGBTQ+ statewide education and advocacy nonprofit, says it's concerning but not surprising.
"Organizations worked together to submit a letter to the mayor and governor to release this vaccination data because we suspected there were going to be inequities," Crespo says.
To confront what the city says are inequities, they're adding additional mobile vaccine clinics and awarding $5 million to 28 community-based organizations across the five boroughs while also conducting both in-person and online outreach.
Officials say the numbers are based off of vaccination records from the health department, NYC Health + Hospitals and affiliated vendors. As for the numbers they released about the eligible population, that is based off of estimates from the health department's annual community health survey which, according to the city's website, is a telephone survey with an annual sample of about 10,000 randomly selected adults.