For a while now, we have been talking about how some folks have been targeting minority communities with their misinformation about vaccines.
“As COVID-19 vaccines begin to roll out, some Americans remain skeptical about taking these vaccines. For the Black community, historical distrust makes their concerns even greater.”Inside the attempt to build trust about the COVID-19 vaccine in Black communities
It’s time that we talk about all of the ways that others are working to undo that damage.
Boosting Vaccine Confidence in Multicultural Patient Communities
That’s especially important because minority groups have been hit extra hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Understanding a patient’s culture and background can help you in providing the highest quality of care.”Best Practice Highlights for Treating Diverse Patient Populations
So how can we make sure they get out of the pandemic as quickly as possible?
By helping to make sure they don’t delay getting vaccinated and protected. And of course by ensuring that everyone has equal access to COVID-19 vaccines.
“To address distrust and vaccine hesitancy among racial and ethnic minorities, health information should be developed and delivered by sustained partnerships with community organizations trusted and respected by the target audience to support vaccine decision making. In addition, extra efforts need to be made to respect this population’s autonomy and their ability to make informed decisions about vaccination. Messages need to balance inspiring trust through messengers embedded in the community and providing vaccine information in a transparent and inclusive way that supports autonomy. In addition, providing culturally appropriate, multilingual vaccine communication materials in the online spaces and physical locations (e.g., grocery stores, community centers) that are commonly accessed by racial and ethnic minority populations is vital to ensuring that information reaches these communities.”COVID-19 Vaccination Communication: Applying Behavioral and Social Science to Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Foster Vaccine Confidence
Is this type of health information being “developed and delivered by sustained partnerships with community organizations trusted and respected by the target audience to support vaccine decision making?”
Yes it is!
“Given the disproportionate and deadly impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on multicultural communities, it is vital that we recognize that Misinformation + Miscommunication leads to more Mistrust. We aim to empower our people with knowledge to protect their health and the health and wellness of their communities.”No Más, No More…Misinformation + Miscommunication = Mistrust
Including information from the:
- Black Coalition Against COVID-19
- Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium
- Dia de la Mujer Latina
- Hispanic Federation
- The National Black Nurses Association
- National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
- National Hispanic Medical Association
- The National Medical Association
Also useful, is all of the COVID-19 vaccine information we have in Spanish:
- UnidosUS Town Hall – COVID-19 Vaccine: Your Questions Answered
- Spanish Town Hall – COVID-19 Vaccine Information (City of Waco)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall (Austin)
- Vacuna contra el COVID-19: Ayuda a protegerlo de contraer COVID-19
- La Vacuna Contra La COVID-19 Preguntas Frecuentes
- Información sobre la vacuna contra la COVID-19
- ¿Cómo se desarrolla una vacuna?
- ¿Qué es una vacuna?
- ¿Cómo se prueban las vacunas?
- Infographic: What Steps Are Taken to Ensure That Vaccines Are Safe?
And the stories from all of the health care providers who have already been vaccinated and protected.
Health care providers who are working to help make sure everyone else gets vaccinated and protected too, because they know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, with few risks.
And are very necessary to help end this pandemic.
Celebrities and community leaders are also helping spread the word about COVID-19 vaccines in minority communities:
- COVID-19 Vaccine And The Black Community: A Tyler Perry Special
- Hank Aaron
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar urges public to get COVID-19 vaccine
- Samuel L. Jackson Wears Avengers Face Mask While Receiving First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine
- Al Roker gets the COVID-19 vaccine live on TODAY
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres receives COVID-19 vaccine in New York
All of this will hopefully help everyone understand that there is no good reason to skip or delay getting their COVID-19 vaccine when their turn comes up.
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- Facts Not Fear Virtual Town Hall: COVID-19 Vaccine & The Black Community
- WHO – Vaccination and trust
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- Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities (CEAL) Social Media Resources
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- The Public’s Role in COVID-19 Vaccination: Planning Recommendations Informed by Design Thinking and the Social, Behavioral,and Communication Sciences
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- National Hispanic Medical Association – Building Vaccine Confidence
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- CultureCard – A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness – American Indian and Alaska Native
- Organizations Call for LGBTQI Data Collection and Targeted Outreach in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Efforts
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- Clergy, doctors and activists take on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and access in Black and Latino communities: ‘Don’t underestimate the fear’
- WATCH | Making It Plain: What Black America Needs to Know About COVID-19 and Vaccines
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- Exploring Why Adult Mexican Males Do Not Get Vaccinated: Implications for COVID-19 Preventive Actions
- Hispanic Federation Launches COVID-19 VIDA Initiative In Partnership With 14 Latino Community Health Clinics
- Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: An Open Forum Webinar Series for Pharmacists