New Stats Show Upper West Side Has High Percentage of Residents Vaccinated (Update)

The city has released new statistics on deployment of Covid-19 vaccines that shows how many people have gotten the vaccine at the zip code level. (Update: we initially had the wrong figures for total vaccinations, but have since corrected them.)

Citywide, 715,000 people have received at least one shot. That’s a little more than 10% of the adult population. Of the boroughs, Manhattan has the second-highest rate of adults who have received at least one shot, with 14%. Staten Island has the highest, at 15%.

On the Upper West Side, each of the main zip codes has an above-average percentage of people who have gotten at least one shot:

10023: 20% of the adult population

10024: 22%

10025: 19%

One reason for the high rate may be that the Upper West Side has a disproportionate number of older people. But it may also have to do with the wealth of the neighborhood.

Council members have been pointing out that the vaccine has largely been given to people from wealthier zip codes — and those that often weren’t hit as hard by Covid in the first place. The city and state have been criticized for doing too little outreach, and creating a complicated online system that favors people who are tech-savvy. “In wealthy, whiter areas, 16% of adults have been fully vax’d. In low-income neighbs of color, as low as 2%,” wrote Councilmember Mark Levine. “This is upside down. It can not stand.”

Explore the stats here, or below.

Correction: We initially had the wrong stats for the zip codes but they’ve been updated.

NEWS | 31 comments | permalink
    1. Katherine says:

      Great. Healthy 60-somethings are a higher priority than immunocompromised, disabled 30-somethings. That’s what happens when olds write the laws.

      • Kim says:

        Ageist much but then you knew that when you wrote that.

        A healthy 60-64 year old cannot get the vaccine yet. They only will qualify if they have comorbidities like being immunocompromised, cancer, asthma, diabetes or heart issues (which includes high blood pressure) or kidney disease and whatever other health ailments are on the list. If they do have them they qualify just as much as a immunocompromised disabled 30 something because you are all in the same grouping. However, that healthy group of 60-64 year “olds” don’t qualify and therefore have no priority over anyone.

        So what exactly are you talking about?

      • Juan says:

        This is a time for people to dig deep and act for the common good. People over 65 are now all eligible. I know that for many, it has been very difficult, emotionally and otherwise, to be behaving safely for the past year.

        But those older people who don’t really have an urgent need for the vaccine should wait a few weeks so those who need it to earn their livelihood safely can get it first. Right now appointments are scarce and people need to look out for the greater good. If all goes as planned, things should open up a bit for this group in a month or so.

      • Leon says:

        Actually, an immunocompromised person, regardless of age, is at the same priority level as a healthy person over 65 and is ahead of someone between 60-64 who doesn’t have a co-morbidity.

        Please get your facts straight and stop being bitter. The priority levels are not perfect but NY is doing it a lot better than many other states.

    2. Awsome says:

      I love this data science graph. So Cool!
      From the map, Upper East Side and City Island have higher vaccinated percentage than UWS. Maybe because hospitalized patients, workers are counted as residents?
      UWS is same level as Midtown East, but well-informed and helped by WSR. That could be another reason.

    3. Arthur says:

      Your article states that in Zip Code 10023, for example, 10 percent of the adult population has gotten at least one shot. However, the data at the link referenced in the article indicates that in this Zip Code ten percent has been partially vaccinated and ten percent has been fully vaccinated. So doesn’t that mean in Zip Code 10023 that 20 percent of the adult population has gotten at least one shot? Same comment for other statements in the article. (Or, am I, rather than you, misinterpreting the data?)

    4. Great; now I feel even better about the mass mishigas of vaccine rejections & the daily emails of vaccine availability I’ve signed up for, yet have never received thus far…

      (okay; how to spin this…?)

      Well, at least that’s 10 or 20% of my neighbors who are no longer a threat to me during this, my pandemic dotage.

      Yippee! It’s a hap-hap-happy day, hooray!

    5. jody greco says:

      My husband who is 76 and still works cannot get a appointment to get the first shot. I have filled out countless forms, wrote to Cuomo several time…I can’t find anything. Who are these people who are getting vaccinated and how did they do it?

      • helpmehelpyou says:

        Jody, appointments are available at Walgreens right now, at 7:06 am on 17 February.

        Make sure he has a walgreens.com account. Then, he should go to the site and search for vaccinations. If nothing is available, he should stay on it and refresh every 10-15 minutes until something pops up. Persistence pays off.

        Why Walgreens? Because pharmacies can only distribute the vaccine to people over 65, so there’s a smaller pool of people looking for appointments than the broad pool of people
        with other conditions that make them eligible.

      • JjBop says:

        Please stop at Park West Pharmacy at 83rd and Columbus. Many of the older people in my building who barely know how to touch a computer got both of their doses by simply walking over and getting on the waitlist. The pharmacy gave them a call as soon as new doses were delivered. It’s how my next door neighbor, aged 89, got her vaccine. Also 2 elderly friends who are both over 75. My parents live out in Queens and are not tech savvy did something similar. I spent all of January trying to get them an appointment online but they beat me to it by just walking to a neighborhood mom & pop pharmacy.

    6. Arnold Weintraub, LCSW says:

      Although my wife and I have been vaccinated, the whole process is so difficult and the websites are impossible. There has to be an easier way especially for homebound seniors and those who are technically challenged. We just lucked out at Mt. Sinai. Many places offering the vaccine are not even listed. A real mess to say the least.

      • helpmehelpyou says:

        Anyone over 65 who is unable to register online can call any Walgreens and follow the menu path to register for COVID vaccine appointments. The call will end up at a central call center with visibility into all stores with availability. It may require patience and a long time on hold, but it’s an option.

        That said, I do think the probability of getting an appointment online is higher than phone if that’s a possibility.

    7. Baby Boomer says:

      My 88 yr old neighbor who uses a walker can’t get a vaccine at Ryan Health on West 97 Street (10025 zip code) even though they accepted her intake form in late January. Why? They stopped taking appointments according to their recording on February 16th. Forget the drug stores. All their appointments were taken at 12:01AM on the day they became available. How is that possible? Something needs to be done, so the elderly can be vaccinated. Let’s not forget the disabled. The COVID van is parked on West 97 St every day except Saturday for COVID testing. How about using this method to vaccinate those elderly and disabled who can’t get around so easily?

      • helpmehelpyou says:

        Appointments are available now (7:11 am) at Walgreens. If there are none when you or your neighbor try to register, stay on it and keep refreshing every 10-15 minutes. It may take several hours, but appointments are released throughout the day.

    8. Baby Boomer says:

      There are over 20 NYCHA Buildings between West 59 – West 110 St (10025 zip code area). The large numbers of vaccinated people in that zip code might be attributed to the City’s effort to vaccinate people living in NYCHA housing.

    9. Donna says:

      I am 75, have an auto immune disease and use a walker or scooter.1) IN the beginning I called a phone # and asked if my scooter could go into the facility. The woman I s/w didn’t know. She only took appointments. 2) More recently I got into the Javits site, after waiting an hour, but got kicked out because I put my insurance info in wrong.There was no one to speak with to tell me what I did wrong. I called 31l and s/w someone who was checking and then one hour later I got a busy signal.

      • helpmehelpyou says:

        Since you’re over 65, your best bet is to try to get an appointment at a nearby Walgreens or Duane Reade through walgreens.com. Stores are required to have ADA access, so your scooter should not be an issue. If there are no appointments when you try to register, be patient, stay on the site, and refresh every 10-15 minutes. Good luck.

      • helpmehelpyou says:

        10:57 am, 17 Feb: Appointments are available at walgreens.com.

        • Nat says:

          But aren’t those at stores “within 25 miles” of the zip code you input? Could be far away from homes of those who can’t or don’t want to travel long distances.

          • helpmehelpyou says:

            I’ve seen a bunch of appointments for 10023, 10024, and 10025 at various times over the past seven days. That said, if someone searching isn’t able to find something close by, it may come down to a choice between locking down an appointment and being willing/able to travel (I get that this may not be easy for a lot of people), or letting an available appointment go and continuing to search.

            None of this is ideal, but I’m hoping to help people optimize the situation we have.

            • Baby Boomer says:

              Thank you to helpmehelpyou. I called one of the Duane Reades near my 88 yr. old neighbor’s apartment and spoke to someone in the Pharmacy Dept after being on hold for 10 minutes. They took down her info and said they would call her with an appointment. They did call her a while later and gave her an appointment for next week. I’m so happy for her and thankful to you for your good advice.

            • helpmehelpyou says:

              Woohoo! Nice work, BabyBoomer. I’m sure your neighbor is very grateful.

            • Nat says:

              Thank you for all your input and info to help those 65+ secure appointments at pharmacies. Too bad I don’t quite qualify — 64 and 1/2 with underlying health condition– But I wouldn’t have known without your comments that pharmacies are only immunizing those age 65+, regardless of health status. Much appreciated.

            • helpmehelpyou says:

              Glad to help. Given that you’re eligible with comorbidities, I would suggest using https://nycvaccinelist.com to find a state site, or follow turbovax on twitter for new releases of appointments on hospital sites. Be sure to look at the responses, as there is often helpful information there as well. I was able to catch an April appointment for someone with comorbidities at Javits using http://virtualqueue1.ny.gov, which someone recommended in a Turbovax twitter response two days ago, but the link is no longer working as of yesterday. I saw a phone number for the vax pod at Javits somewhere (I’m blanking about where), and that may be worth trying.

              The pool of eligible people is very large at this point, so appointments will be difficult to get until there is more vaccine supply. Keep trying, though. Persistence pays off. Good luck to you.

      • Kim says:

        You don’t have to put in your insurance info in the State site. It’s optional. Skip it and get to the end. You can fill in any info later if they request it.

    10. cjc says:

      I feel there’s a disproportionate number of health care workers on the Upper West Side: you have a relatively easy commute to NYP/Columbia as well as good crosstown options to get to Mt. Sinai and NYP/Cornell. That would boost the number of people getting shots.

      • Brandon says:

        This is ridiculous. Why are we sitting here theorizing about what’s boosting UWS vaccination rates?

        The answer is obvious. It’s not NYCHA housing or health care workers — it’s old people.

        The UWS zip codes have some of the city’s highest concentrations of residents age 65 and older, a major vaccine-eligible demographic.

    11. Patti says:

      3:53 PM
      Duane Reade/Walgreen have no available app’ts in Manhattan for next 3 days. Either go online after midnight tonight or call any of their drugstore numbers to be connected to a scheduler after 7 AM 2/18.

    12. helpmehelpyou says:

      I saw appointment availability on walgreens.com again today (7:00 am or thereabouts). I also found this link for Dose 1 vaccinations (over 65 only). https://www.apschedule.com/fordcovidvax?fbclid=IwAR3XiUkjxRjUDY9iPRy5SuajSBeMYO_yU7vQH9JDrv-rEAPQzVEye6qL3Xk

    13. FYI says:

      There are local 10033 and 10024 Walgreens appointments as of 8:50 on 2/ 23.