- As per the NYC school vaccination study, the average vaccination rates for students show differences based on race and ethnicity.
- The detailed stats of the study are displayed in this article.
According to a new NYC school vaccination study, the average vaccination rates for students in New York City public schools, the nation’s largest school district, varied significantly by race and ethnicity. But the geographic and racial data held some surprises and may raise more questions than they answer, one researcher said.
The researchers found that the schools serving a majority of Asian and Hispanic students had the highest average COVID-19 vaccination rates. About two-thirds of students received the vaccine in a high number of Asian schools, while a little more than half of the students in schools mainly serving Hispanic students, nearly 54 percent got the shots.
The picture was different for schools where most students are either Black or white. Those schools had 44 percent average vaccination rates.
The lowest vaccination rate, at 39 percent, was noticed in schools in Staten Island. Approximately three-quarters of the total population of Staten Island is white.
Notably, schools serving mostly white students in two boroughs, Brooklyn and Manhattan, had much higher vaccination rates than schools serving mostly white kids in the other three boroughs.
In Manhattan, those schools had a vaccination rate of around 62 percent, while the majority of white schools had an average rate of 49 percent in Brooklyn. The percentages were highly lower in the Bronx (34 percent), Queens (29 percent), and Staten Island (25 percent).
In addition to NYC, the study was conducted by Syracuse University, the University of Delaware, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. It was published on 15th September in the journal JAMA Network Open online.
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