Brooklyn - A look at vaccination data shared by the NYC Department of Health reveals that Borough Park, Brooklyn is doing better than many communities in vaccinating against the Coronavirus. 33% of adults in Zip Code 11219 have already received at least one dose of the vaccine according to the data updated through April 17th. This mirrors the 34% rate for Midwood, Brooklyn which boasts a large Orthodox Jewish Community and exceeds the rates among the City’s African American and Latino communities where the adult vaccination rate is at 25% and 29% respectively. Borough Park’s rate also surpasses the rates of dozens of City’s neighborhoods mostly in Brooklyn and Queens.
Borough Park is a demographic that leans younger than most places in the city. According to census data, 75% of the population in the census block that covers Borough Park and many surrounding non-Hasidic neighborhoods is under the age of 50. This matters because as of a few weeks ago, vaccines were not available to those under the age of 50 which means that most of Borough Park was not even eligible for vaccines until very recently. Despite this young age, 33% of adults have already gotten a vaccine.
This figure is further impressive when considering that NYC officials did not designate Borough Park as one of the priority areas for vaccination as was done to many minority-populated neighborhoods that were hit hard by Coronavirus.
In sharing these findings, OJPAC Co-Founder and Executive Director Yossi Gestetner said: “The vaccination rates of Borough Park serve as an inspiration for how an underserved community can organize to ensure timely access to needed items.”