Anita Gundanna, co-executive director of the NYC-based Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, says that a high vaccination rate belies the wide variety of experiences between groups and individuals, pointing toward the high rates of poverty, under-insurance rates, and unemployment for certain groups who fall under the Asian American umbrella.
Asian Americans currently have the second-highest poverty rate in New York City
, behind Latino Americans
, according to the city’s latest Poverty Measure report
. Come di 2017, Asian Americans in New York City also had the highest poverty rate among full-time
, year-round workers
, i funzionari della città hanno detto.
Attraverso il paese, Asian Americans are the most economically divided racial or ethnic group
, a Pew Research study found
. High-income Asian Americans near the top of the income ladder earn
10.7 times as much as those on the opposite end of the income spectrum
The widening disparities have become particularly apparent for Asian Americans who speak less-widely spoken languages, meaning state and city vaccine information is not as commonly available, according to Gundanna.
“Whenever there is a void in accurate, language-accessible information, that void is filled by misinformation. Social media moves fast. Rumors can spread and word of mouth spreads fast,” Gundanna said.
That can leave small community organizations filling the gap by working directly with residents who may not be reached by state and city campaigns
, particularly during a backdrop of rising attacks against AAPI people
Lack of nuanced information can also equal lack of funds. Advocates seek to remedy this by pushing state and city agencies to disaggregate data or break down massive identity blocs such as “Asian American/Pacific Islander” by nationality or ethnic group.
The New York Legislature passed bill that would have required agencies to begin tracking data with a range of Asian and Pacific Islander groups
, but Gov
. Andrew Cuomo vetoed the bill
in dicembre 2019.
tuttavia, a recent outlining of the state budget would set aside money for state agencies to begin tabulating demographic data for Asian and Pacific Islander groups
, according to Gundanna and the New York State FY 2022 budget
“We want to work in partnership with the state on data disaggregation and we’re ready to do that. And we’re hoping that the state will follow through with that commitment,” Gundanna said.
Il Citywide Immunization Registry does not require tracking by nationality
, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The city’s page for vaccination data includes multiple caveats, warning that “Vaccination information by race/ethnicity should be interpreted with caution due to the number of people with no reported race/ethnicity. Although CDC requires providers to record race/ethnicity information for COVID-19 vaccinations, it has not been required in the past and it is not consistently received in the vaccination record.”
Cuomo’s office did not respond to CNN’s questions regarding his veto of the bill and the state’s stance on data disaggregation.