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Latino Vaccination Rates Lag Behind White Population In Arizona

Published: Monday, May 3, 2021 - 12:07pm
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The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 652 new cases of COVID-19 and recorded no new COVID-related deaths May 3, as is typical for a Monday as data lags from the weekend.

The state also reported that 85,000 more Arizonans were vaccinated over the weekend. 

Nearly 3 million people have received at least one dose here. More than 40% of Arizonans have been vaccinated.

But when you look more closely at those numbers, disparities become clear. Nearly half — 48% of those vaccinated — are white. Just 13% are Hispanic. That’s despite the fact that the Hispanic community here was one of the hardest hit by COVID-19, and Latinos account for 32% of the population in Arizona.

Joseph Garcia says there are a lot of reasons for that. Garcia is the vice president of public policy at Chicanos Por La Causa, and The Show spoke with him for more on the disparity.

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