New Data Shows Disparity In New York City's COVID Vaccine Distribution

There's new information on New York City's COVID vaccination efforts. When you break things down by zip code, it paints a picture of disparity; CBS2's Andrea Grymes reports.

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MAURICE DUBOIS: New information on the city's vaccination efforts.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: The city saw its best week so far in getting people vaccinated. More than 317,000 New Yorkers got shots last week. But when you break things down by zip code, it paints a picture of disparity. CBS2's Andrea Grymes-- or, rather, Andrea Grymes, excuse me-- live now in Washington Heights tonight with the details for us. Andrea.

ANDREA GRYMES: Kristine and Maurice, a lot of new information dropped by the city today as you mentioned by zip code. The mayor says they're doing all they can to overcome any disparities. But they need more vaccine supply and more time to build trust around it.

Neighbors [? Cinnie ?] and Danny talking on the corner in their Washington Heights neighborhood. [? Cinnie ?] got both shots of the COVID vaccine down the block at the armory. Danny, not yet.

- 1, 2, 3. Done.

ANDREA GRYMES: Oh. Wow.

- Really? That quick?

- That quick.

- The news what I hear is that it's been very difficult.

ANDREA GRYMES: To get an appointment?

- To get an appointment.

ANDREA GRYMES: Washington Heights was one of the city's COVID hot spot areas. Now according to just released data from the city, 13% of adults in the zip code here-- 10032-- are fully or partially vaccinated. In Corona, Queens, another hot spot, the numbers are worse. Just 5% of adults in the zip code 11368 have been fully or partially vaccinated.

BILL DE BLASIO: Folks who have more privilege are best able to navigate this process. Folks who have more confidence in the vaccine are gonna go to more effort to get it.

ANDREA GRYMES: The darkest shades of blue on this city map are the most vaccinated areas. City Island, the Bronx, is leading with 51% of adults there fully or partially vaccinated. It's 40% in Breezy Point, Queens, home to a lot of first responders. City officials have pushed to put more vaccination sites in hot spot areas to address disparities. They say they're dealing with not enough vaccine supply plus too many people who simply don't want it.

TORIAN EASTERLING: But what we're hearing is there are questions around timeline and the science and how quickly the vaccine has been developed.

ANDREA GRYMES: Washington Heights Councilman Mark Levine says the appointment system is also a big problem across the board and helps drive inequality.

MARK LEVINE: The system for making an appointment is deeply problematic. It requires people to navigate dozens of different websites, to sign up again and again, to do eligibility screens again and again just to see whether an appointment is available.

ANDREA GRYMES: There is a city council hearing tomorrow on a bill that seeks to simplify the appointment system, including putting as many appointment websites as possible under just one website, which would make it easier for everyone. Reporting live in Washington Heights, Andrea Grymes, CBS2 News.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: Andrea, thank you.