Feb. 16, 2021 By Allie Griffin
Parts of Northeast Queens have higher COVID-19 vaccination rates than most of New York City, despite lacking a single permanent vaccination site, new data shows.
Many ZIP codes in Northeast Queens have a relatively high percentage of their adult residents at least partially vaccinated for the virus — meaning they have received their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, according to a map released by the New York City Health Department today.
For instance, Glen Oaks (11004) has had 20 percent of its adult population partially vaccinated— the third highest number among all city ZIP codes.
Other neighborhoods in the region have approximately 10 percent of their adult population partially vaccinated. Bay Terrace (11360) is at 11 percent; Little Neck and Douglaston (covered by both 11362 and 11363) are at 10 percent; and Oakland Gardens (11364) is at 9 percent.
Queens as a whole, by contrast, has had just 6 percent of its adult population partially vaccinated for the virus and 4 percent fully vaccinated.
The data also reveals that several Queens neighorhoods with large minority populations have low vaccination rates.
Neighborhoods such as Corona (11368), Springfield Gardens/ Rochdale Village/ St. Albans (114340), South Jamaica (11436), Laurelton (11413), Rosedale (11422) have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the city — with just 3 percent of their adult populations having been partially vaccinated.
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards said the low vaccination rates in these areas was “unacceptable.”
“Numbers don’t lie — the City’s own data shows communities of color in #Queens and across NYC are being vaccinated at remarkably lower rates than other areas,” Richards wrote on Twitter. “But this distribution disparity isn’t just incredibly frustrating, it’s potentially fatal.”