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Black Hawk County COVID-19 vaccine data shows racial breakdown of distribution to 65 and older group
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Black Hawk County COVID-19 vaccine data shows racial breakdown of distribution to 65 and older group

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Certified nursing assistant Dawn Oswald throws her hands in the air and cheers after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination from Walgreens pharmacist Colby Krieps Thursday at the Lakeview Lodge facility at Friendship Village in Waterloo.

WATERLOO — New COVID-19 vaccine data shared by Black Hawk County shows doses being distributed proportionally among certain racial groups, though a portion of the data remains unknown.

The data, which represents COVID-19 vaccine distribution to people 65 and older, is available on the health department website. Health department Director Nafissa Cisse Egbuonye announced the release of the data Tuesday to the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors. The data includes vaccinations given to residents who are Black or African American, Asian, white or another race.

The data does not specifically identify people who might be Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or biracial or multiracial, among other races. U.S. Census data shows the 65 and older population in Black Hawk County includes nearly 1% Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.1% American Indian residents and 0.1% biracial or multiracial residents.

Nearly 89% of vaccinated residents 65 and older were white, according to Black Hawk County. About 93% of the county’s population in that age group is white.

About 5% of vaccinated residents 65 and older were Black or African American, the data show. Black or African American residents make up 5.5% of county residents in that age group.

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The proportion of COVID-19 vaccines given to Asian residents 65 and older matched the population percentage for that group, 0.7%.

A field labeled as “other” represents 0.5% of the 65 and older population, and 0.8% of that group got vaccinated, according to the data.

About 5% of the reported COVID-19 vaccine race data was marked “unknown.” Egbuonye previously told The Courier that the missing information was due to a state software issue. She said she is working to either gather the data from the state or by working with vaccine providers to contact patients.

Black Hawk County has fully vaccinated nearly 5,900 people as of Tuesday, according to online data. About 62% of the county’s 65 and older population is still waiting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, data shows. Black Hawk County has about 21,000 residents in this age group, according to U.S. Census estimates.

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