Building Trust in and Access to a COVID-19 Vaccine Among People of Color and Tribal Nations

Building Trust in and Access to a COVID-19 Vaccine Among People of Color and Tribal Nations

Ensuring equitable distribution of and access to the COVID-19 vaccine requires that leaders in communities of color and tribal communities have the opportunity, resources, and cooperation to facilitate vaccine distribution and administration, an issue brief from Trust for America's Health, the National Medical Association, and UnidosUS argues. The brief, Building Trust in and Access to a COVID-19 Vaccine Among People of Color and Tribal Nations (16 pages, PDF), summarizes points of consensus from a national convening of racial justice, community engagement, public health, health care, and science experts in October. The brief emphasizes that building trust requires ensuring that leaders of color and tribal leaders have a place at the planning table and are provided with the resources needed to effectively share information, increase vaccine confidence and receptivity, deliver and administer vaccines, and monitor and report results. The brief also calls on the administration and Congress to increase funding for national, state, local, tribal, and territorial work around equitable vaccination planning, communications, distribution, and administration, including funds for vaccine distribution by community-based organizations.

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