Study Finds Black and Latino Californians Are Less Likely to Receive Coronavirus Vaccine

Staff and volunteers distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in January at the Forum in Inglewood. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Only about one-third of Latino and Black Californians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while majorities of white and Asian American Pacific Islander Californians have, according to a Times analysis.

The Times analysis found that 33% of Latino residents and 34% of Black residents of the state have received at least one dose of vaccine. By contrast, 50% of white residents, 46% of Native American residents and 60% of Asian American Pacific Islander residents have received a dose.

The Times analysis also found that people living in California’s most disadvantaged areas — ranked according to a variety of economic and social indicators — were also less likely to have received a shot.

Only about 39% of Californians living in the most disadvantaged areas of the state have received at least one shot; by contrast, 62% of residents living in the most advantaged areas have received a shot.

The statewide data also show that the youngest Californian adults have been less likely to receive a shot. While 80% of seniors and 70% of people between 50 and 64 have received a vaccine, 53% of the youngest adults — up to age 49 — have a received at least one dose of vaccine.

There are also geographical disparities.

San Diego County and a number of Bay Area counties — including San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Marin — have reported at least 60% of their residents having received at least one dose. L.A. County has reported 49% of its residents receiving at least one dose; and Orange and Ventura counties, 51%. But in Riverside County, only 40% of residents have received at least one dose, and in San Bernardino County, it’s 36%.

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SOURCE: LA Times, Sean Greene and Rong-Gong Lin II