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Almost 60% of people getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are women. At the same time, there is a growing disparity among racial lines for who is getting the vaccine.
According to the latest Florida Department of Health numbers released Wednesday, 23,675 people in Escambia County and 14,845 people in Santa Rosa County have received one or both of the required two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The number is a little more than 2.5% of all the 1.4 million vaccinations conducted statewide.
Here’s a breakdown of who has gotten the shots so far in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
Breakdown by age
People ages 65 and up make up the bulk of those who have received vaccines, with 16,369 people (69.14%) in Escambia County in that age group getting the vaccine and 10,757 people (72.46%) in Santa Rosa County.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has prioritized that people 65 and up should get the vaccine first before distributing it more widely.
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Breakdown by race and ethnicity
The demographic data highlights an emerging disparity, especially among white and Black people receiving the vaccine. However, the data also shows that Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are not alone, as the numbers largely mirror what is being seen across Florida.
From the reports, racial data isn’t being reported to the Health Department for a large number of people who get the vaccine, with 23% in Escambia County and 22.5% in Santa Rosa County listed as “unknown.”
The racial data that is being recorded shows a large majority of people getting the vaccine are white: 12,334 people (52.1%) in Escambia County and 9,862 people (66.43%) in Santa Rosa County.
Only 8.9% of people vaccinated in Escambia County are Black, and only 2.05% of people vaccinated in Santa Rosa County are Black.
The ethnicity breakdown also has the same reporting problem as the race category, with more than 60% in both counties listed as “unknown” ethnicity.
Of those who reported, only 0.61% (145) were Hispanic in Escambia County, and only 0.59% (87) were Hispanic in Santa Rosa County.
Breakdown by gender
Reporting gender was far more consistent among everyone vaccinated, with less than 1% in both counties listing “unknown” gender.
Women have received the majority of vaccines in both counties, with 14,252 (60.2%) people vaccinated in Escambia County being women, and 8,590 (57.86%) people vaccinated in Santa Rosa County being women.
The vaccine’s demand remains high, with appointments being offered through local hospitals, health departments, and Publix pharmacies filling up almost as soon as they are announced.
Jim Little can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 850-208-9827.