As new COVID-19 variant looms, vaccination disparities linger in King County – Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington 2021-11-30 19:00:00 –

On November 26, the World Health Organization classified a new COVID-19 variant called B.1.1.529 (or “Omicron”) as a “variant of concern”. At the time of this writing, there are currently no confirmed cases of Omicron in the United States. However, some leaders and public health professionals are concerned about how infectious it is and the potential impact it can have.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends many of the same to people to protect themselves from the epidemic of this variant and everything else, including wearing masks, washing hands, and increasing social distance. .. They also continue to encourage people over the age of 5 to be vaccinated and to those who have already been vaccinated to be vaccinated with booster shots.

King County is one of the first populous counties to achieve the goal of complete vaccination of more than 70% of the population as one of the first places in the country to see cases of COVID-19 in early 2020. There is also one.

Since vaccination was released to the public King County has reached 73% complete vaccination, 80.7% have received at least one dose. However, vaccination disparities exist across different regions, ages and ethnicities within the county.

For example, older people in King County are much more likely to be vaccinated in a population between the ages of 50 and 64, close to 92% complete vaccination in all races and races, and people over the age of 65. Has recorded over 95% complete vaccination. In the county.

Currently, only 46.8% of King County residents between the ages of 5 and 24 are fully vaccinated. There are also regional disparities between their age groups, with both South King County (Auburn, Kent, Federal Way) and South East King County being the only two subregions in the county, ranging from 5 to 24 groups.

Of the more than 131,000 children aged 5-9 years in the county, none have been fully vaccinated, but about 30% are initially vaccinated. Residents between the ages of 10 and 19 have recorded 57.7% complete vaccination in demographics, and 69% have received at least one vaccination.

NS The US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey asked parents why they hesitated to vaccinate their children... All parents had children between the ages of 12 and 17, but the results give some ideas of emotions shared among parents who are still hesitant.

Of the parents surveyed in Washington, 55% said they were concerned about the side effects of the vaccine, lower than most other states surveyed. 36% said they didn’t know if their child needed it. This is a higher percentage than most states. 33% said they were waiting to see if the vaccine was safe. And 47% said they didn’t trust the government, higher than the majority of the states.

Looking at immunization rates among different racial and ethnic groups, the data show that white, black, and Latin residents are relatively behind in full immunization rates compared to other groups. It seems to show.

For residents over the age of 5, the Latin population recorded 64% complete vaccination, the black population recorded 69%, and the Caucasian population 73% complete vaccination. This may not seem too late, but the Asian, Pacific Islanders, and indigenous populations average an average immunization rate of about 92 percent.

According to young demographics between the ages of 5 and 24, about 38% of the population must receive even a single dose of the vaccine. Between blacks and Latin residents aged 5 to 24 years, 47% of both populations are not vaccinated in any way. Over 42% of Caucasian residents of the same age group are unvaccinated.

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