CareSouth Carolina addresses racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccine
For the second-straight week, CareSouth Carolina has vaccinated a larger percentage of non-white than white populations. In South Carolina and in many communities across the United States, minorities have taken the COVID-19 vaccine at a much lower rate. As of March 15, the CDC reported that race/ethnicity was known for just over half (53 percent) of people who had received at least one dose of the vaccine. Among this group, nearly two-thirds were white (66 percent), 9 percent were Hispanic, 8 percent were black, 5 percent were Asian, 2 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native, and < 1 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, while 11 percent reported multiple or other race. CareSouth Carolina is working to address barriers and the racial disparity that exists pertaining to the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. “We’ve been reaching out to the faith-based community, as well as other local and civic organizations and local delegations to make everyone aware that the vaccine is available,” CareSouth Carolina Chief of Community Health Joe Bittle said. “It’s important that we all get the vaccine and that no one gets left out. We want everyone to have access to this vaccine.” For the week ending March 19, CareSouth Carolina provided 1,983 vaccinations. Of those, 1,053 were minorities (53.1 percent). For the week ending on March 26, CareSouth Carolina provided 1,831 vaccinations with 1,039 being minorities (56.7 percent). In total, CareSouth Carolina has administered 14,186 COVID-19 vaccines. CareSouth Carolina is a private, non-profit community health center delivering patient-centered health and life services in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. CareSouth Carolina operates centers in Bennettsville, Bishopville, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Dillon, Hartsville, Lake View, Latta, McColl and Society Hill.