Recommendations to strengthen equity in vaccine delivery

A newly available analysis in Health Affairs identifies specific actions that federal policy should consider when attempting to ensure equity in vaccine dissemination and uptake. The authors identify especially low existing vaccine uptake rates among rural and Latinx/Hispanic populations. And in a survey on vaccination willingness, Black survey respondents reported an especially low willingness to receive a COVID vaccine when ready (data collected before vaccines were approved and made available). The authors suggest that diverse clinical trials, transparent trial and uptake data, eliminating out-of-pocket costs, and engaging state-level working groups to identify good communication strategies for underserved groups are all important efforts to achieving a more equitable vaccination infrastructure. #covid-19 #racialequity

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