How Are States Addressing Racial Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts?

How Are States Addressing Racial Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts?

With early data raising concerns about disparities in COVID-19 vaccination rates among Black and Latinx Americans, states are employing a range of strategies to increase the availability and accessibility of COVID-19 vaccines for underserved communities, an issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundationfinds. According to the brief, > https://www.kff.org/racial-equity-and-health-policy/issue-brief/how-are-states-addressing-racial-equity-in-covid-19-vaccine-efforts/ " customattributes="custom_css|attribute_separationgmkey|">How Are States Addressing Racial Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts?, some states are allocating additional vaccine doses to communities that have been disproportionately impacted, including those with concentrations of elderly and historically marginalized residents, while almost half of those states are using the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Social Vulnerability Index to inform their targeting strategies. In addition, nineteen states have established call centers or provided text options to facilitate access to vaccine appointments for people who may not be able to navigate online sign-up systems, while others are deliberately locating vaccine clinics in underserved or disproportionately impacted areas. Many states also are working with community-based organizations and health centers to conduct outreach, communication, and education campaigns, while others are conducting their own campaigns focused on people of color and other groups who may face barriers to vaccination, although few state websites declare that individuals are eligible for vaccination regardless of their immigration status or that getting vaccinated will not negatively affect their immigration status. As of March 1, forty-one states were publicly reporting COVID-19 vaccination data by race and/or ethnicity.

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