02/08/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/08/2021 10:01
Austin, Texas - In continuing efforts to increase transparency and data for the public, Austin Public Health (APH) has released its sixth dashboard. The COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Dashboard includes the total of APH-administered doses organized by priority age group, zip code, race/ethnicity, and the estimated 2019 Travis County population with the percentage of those 65 years of age and older for context.
This dashboard will be updated weekly.
According to the American Community survey, Travis County has 129,645 people over the age of 65 composed of 68.2% White, 18% Hispanic, 7.6% African American, 5.1% Asian, and 3.9% two or more races. The data indicates that that the proportions of COVID-19 vaccines administered by APH are consistent with the percentage of people age 65 years of age for individuals identifying as Asian, Hispanic, and White, but falls short for the those who identify as African American.
'Our mission has always been to reach and serve our most vulnerable populations. Based on the demographic data, we are encouraged by the results so far. But we remain deeply concerned that vaccine distribution is not reaching individuals who identify as Hispanic or African American, especially given the pandemic's disproportionate impact to these communities,' said APH Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard. 'We must expand current efforts to provide vaccines to more members of our Hispanic and African American communities, especially in areas where disease transmission is high.'
Even though 18% of the vaccines administered by APH are to those who identify as Hispanic, that is not enough to counter the transmission levels among this population. Additionally, only 4% of African Americans in Travis County have received the vaccine from APH, despite making up 7.6% of the Travis County population aged 65 and older.
The City and County have implemented some strategies to address these concerns, that include:
There are more than 150,000 people who qualify as 1A or 1B, and APH has only received 12,000 vaccines per week since Jan. 11.
'Our dashboard includes our population size and the amount of vaccine the department administers. For a community with over 1.3 million people and receiving 12,000 doses per week, we have a long way to go,' said Dr. Mark Escott, Interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority. 'We simply do not have enough of the vaccine to give to everyone who needs and wants it. While we wait for supplies to increase, we need everyone to help slow the spread by practicing the 3 W's - Wear a face covering, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance.'
Additional Dashboard Notes
For the latest information and updates, visit AustinTexas.gov/COVID19.