KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – KCTV5 News has received demographic information for vaccination in Jackson County that shows a tremendous racial diversity.
The state is tracking this data on a larger scale, but this information is not available on the state’s vaccine website.
There is clearly a discrepancy in the number of vaccines given to white and black people in Jackson County. Even more disappointing, KCTV5 had to wait almost a month to hear about it.
We filed a request for open records by the state on February 10th. It took the state health department almost a month to get KCTV5 the data they originally claimed was easily accessible.
When KCTV5 met with Kansas City Health Department Director Dr. Rex Archer, speaking, he said they had asked the state for these data and received nothing in return.
This is what KCTV5 found through this process:
- Nearly 30,000 whites are being vaccinated in Jackson County. That’s 6 percent of the county’s white population.
- That number drops to around 2,500 people if we look at our black population. That’s only 1.5 percent of Jackson County’s black community.
- There are just over 4,000 people who identify as multiracial and have received their vaccine.
- The second largest category after whites is unknown.
- We do not know the race of more than 11,000 people who have been vaccinated.
Unknown ethnicity and racial data is another topic that KCTV5 discussed with Archer last month. He urges the state to make all demographic fields a requirement when jurisdictions submit data to the state.
KCTV5 learned from the data that the LatinX community, which dies disproportionately from COVID, is also disproportionately vaccinated.
In Jackson County, just over 1,5,000 LatinX people are vaccinated while more than 30,000 people who do not identify as LatinX are vaccinated.
The number of unknown ethnicities is still high – more than 17,000 people.
KCTV5 has reached out to the mayor’s office for their response to this new information. We will keep you updated with your response.
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