Hospital and health system leaders and caregivers must work hard to build trust within these communities and engage in strategies that will be effective in overcoming vaccine hesitancy.
As COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the nation, individuals and families heavily impacted by the disease have inequitable access to vaccination opportunities and many distrust the life-saving potential the vaccine presents. The CDC reports just over 5 percent of Black adults and 11 percent of Hispanic adults have been vaccinated compared to more than 60 percent of White adults. Hospital and health system leaders and caregivers must work hard to build trust within these communities and engage in strategies that will be effective in overcoming vaccine hesitancy.
To support this important effort, the American Hospital Association is participating in a broad national push by expanding on existing alliances and building new collaborative efforts to disseminate and amplify accurate, accessible information to communities most impacted by COVID-19. We’ve compiled resources to assist hospitals and health systems engage with their communities of color to engender trust and empower informed decision-making that can protect individuals, loved ones and those disproportionately suffering from COVID-19.
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Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with questions regarding a medical condition.
References and Resources
- Resources for Addressing COVID-19 Vaccination Questions in Communities of Color
- AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity