Drawing from our work as a Research and Learning Partner in the Equity-First Vaccination Initiative (EVI), this report also provides a specific focus on the information needs, access and other barriers confronted by communities of color.
Many communities of color cope with disproportionate challenges in this pandemic, with Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and death rates close to two times higher in Black, Hispanic and Indigenous people than in white Americans. Structural barriers to vaccination, including systemic racism, discrimination and historic exploitation, are an everyday experience and contribute to poor health outcomes for many, far beyond the impact of Covid-19. With higher numbers of low-wage workers, communities of color have also carried a larger burden of the economic fallout from the pandemic.
“We have twice as many deaths so we need to vaccinate twice as many people.”