The Biden administration has allocated millions of dollars to fight fear and misinformation among people of color, which shows that they are worried about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the funding database of the Department of Health and Human Services, in the past three weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided more than $17 million in rewards to organizations that plan to conduct vaccine education.
15 organizations advocating for blacks, Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans have received funding to expand their COVID-19 vaccine education. UnidosUS and the National Alliance of Cities received the most grants of US$3.2 million and US$2 million respectively.
According to CDC data, people of color are more likely to contract COVID-1
Even with these ratios, the vaccination rate of white Americans is much higher than that of other minorities. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that as of February 22, 19 million people had received full vaccination, of which 65% were white. About half of the states keep records of demographic information.
The Biden administration has not yet commented on CDC’s outreach funding, but HHS officials confirmed the coordinated outreach efforts.
Before any COVID-19 vaccine was developed, vaccine allergies were most prominent among black Americans. A survey by the Pew Research Center last fall found that only 42% of planned vaccines were given, compared with 63% for Hispanics and 61% for whites. The survey pointed out that English-speaking Asian Americans are most likely to receive the vaccine, and 83% said they would.
Health care distrusts people of color, partly because of past medical abuse by the federal government. In the past 50 years, there have been two most serious incidents of abuse: the Taskerje syphilis study targeted black people for more than 40 years; and in the 1970s, thousands of Native American women were treated without the consent of the Indian Health Bureau. sterilization.
The non-profit organization of the National Conference of Black Churches received US$1.56 million to encourage its parishioners to vaccinate.
Conference Chair Dr. Jacques Burton said: “Even during the pandemic, black churches have more connections with blacks than any other organization in the country.” “Even if we are not in the building, we are still worshiping and still Provide services.”
The meeting hopes that this money will also help its work to provide vaccination in the church.
AME Bishop Adam J. Richardson said that in the coming weeks, this will be “the Ministry of Health…reaching people’s lives and vaccinating them in their arms”.
Other organizations focus on bridging the linguistic gap of trusted information.
The Asia Pacific Islander American Health Forum will use its $1.8 million in prize money to address the “digital divide” in the Asian community and provide it in less widely spoken but vital languages such as Samoan, Marshallese, and Chuukese More simplified vaccination instructions, Juliet Choi
Cui also stated that online news about vaccines will be highlighted on popular communication platforms such as WeChat, WhatsApp and KaKao.
Bridging language barriers is also a priority task of the American Indian Physicians Association, which received a $950,000 grant. Because tribal nations are sovereign nations, they can choose who gets vaccinated. In some places, such as the Cherokee Nation, vaccinated people give priority to using language.
Association President Dr. Mary Owen told CBS News: “One of the important ways to maintain us is to maintain our language and traditions.” “They know this is closely related to maintaining our health.”
If vaccinated from this event, individuals may be able to purchase another CDC from the Immunization Action Coalition: a $1 million button and sticker to promote the message “I have my COVID-19 vaccine.”
Max Bayer and Alex Tin contributed to this report.