Disparities in COVID-19 outcomes have affected many populations in Virginia and the nation. To ameliorate these disparities, Virginia has prioritized health equity in its response, including its vaccination efforts.
The Virginia Department of Health reports COVID-19 case, hospitalization, death and vaccination rates for each racial/ethnic group were compared to the White group rate in the form of a rate ratio.
In October 2021, the rate ratio in vaccinations for Black Virginians relative to White Virginians rate was 0.9, meaning the vaccination rate for the Black group rate was 0.9 times that of the White group. A rate ratio of 1 means that Black Virginians and White Virginians have equal rates of vaccination.
Please note that for the purposes of this question, each month corresponds to a number between 1 and 6:
- November 2021: 1 (0.5-1.5)
- December 2021: 2 (1.5-2.5)
- January 2022: 3 (2.5-3.5)
- February 2022: 4 (3.5-4.5)
- March 2022: 5 (4.5-5.5)
- April 2022: 6 (5.5-6.5)
When will the cumulative vaccination rate ratio for Black Virginians reach 1.0?
This will resolve as the month when the cumulative vaccination rate ratio for Black Virginians reaches or exceeds 1.0 according to the VDH Health Equity dashboard.
If the 1.0 threshold is not reached by April 2022, it resolves as > 6.5 (after April 2022).