Covid-19: Lower vaccination rates partly explain higher death rates among minority ethnic groups

Death rates from covid-19 remain higher for most minority ethnic groups compared with people identifying as white British, and some of that disparity is because of their lower uptake of vaccinations, show data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Throughout the pandemic covid-19 mortality has been higher in most minority ethnic groups compared with white British people.

Vahé Nafilyan, senior statistician at the ONS, said, “As already highlighted in our analyses of earlier periods, these differences in mortality are largely explained by sociodemographic and economic factors and health. For the first time, we show that the lower vaccination coverage in some ethnic groups also contributes to the elevated risk of covid-19 death, particularly in the black African and black Caribbean groups.”

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