California residents continue to get vaccinated. Different ZIP codes have varying rates of fully vaccinated residents.
By Evan Rodrigues
Now that vaccine eligibility has been broadened to include ages 16 and up, California’s vaccine rates are showing improvement. 12,806,167 Californians have been fully vaccinated, which comes out to 40.2% of the eligible population.
On Friday, April 30th, ABC7 noted that “Public health officials continue to urge—even plead with—people to get the coronavirus vaccine. In two Bay Area ZIP codes, there's no convincing needed. Nearly every single resident over the age of 16 has already gotten at least one dose…The first ZIP code is 94707 in North Berkeley, where about 98.8% of the over-16 population has gotten at least one dose. About 72%, or 7,130 people, have been fully vaccinated.”
The report also speculates that, given the earlier availability for older age groups, the area’s median age of 52 played a role in the inoculation rate. “Compare it to the southside Berkeley ZIP code 94704, where many students live. The median age there is 22, and only an estimated 36% of over-16 residents have gotten their first shot.”
Comparing the two Berkeley ZIP codes again, the article points out a difference in median household income between the two. The 94704 Southside Berkeley median income is $38,000, whereas the 94707 in North Berkeley median income is $154,000.
The only other Bay Area ZIP code with rates comparable to North Berkeley is “94304, a Palo Alto neighborhood surrounding Stanford University,” reports ABC7. “About 98.9% of that ZIP code's residents have gotten at least one dose. The median income here is also quite high, at $130,000”
Covid19.ca.gov is a resource for COVID-19 vaccine data. Interactive charts and graphs allow users to compare rates across age, race, and ethnicity.
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