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COVID Vaccine Equity: The Impact of Race, Racism and Mistrust in the Health Care System on Vaccine Hesitancy

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 1:00pm - 2:00pm



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Gazette Classification: Education,Ethics,Health
Sciences,Lecture,Science Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Medical School
Postgraduate Medical Education Speaker(s):
Moderator:&nbsp;<strong>Wanda McClain</strong><br /><em>Vice
President, Community Health and Health Equity, Brigham and
Women&rsquo;s Hospital</em><br /><br /><strong>Paulette
Chandler</strong><br /><em>Associate Epidemiologist, Division of
Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women&rsquo;s Hospital; Assistant
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School</em><br /><br
/><strong>Michael A. Curry</strong><br /><em>President &amp; Chief
Executive Officer (CEO), Massachusetts League of Community Health
Centers</em><br /><br /><strong>Liz Walker</strong><br /><em>Senior
Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church</em> Cost: Free Ticket Web Link:
Harvard Key Required: No Link:
As we begin a new year during a global pandemic there are nearly 20.7
million cases of COVID in the U.S. and over 352,000 people have died
from the disease. A study of selected states and cities with data on
COVID-19 deaths by race and ethnicity showed that 34 percent of deaths
were among non-Hispanic Black people, though this group accounts for
only 12 percent of the total U.S. population. As a result of the
disproportionate impact of the disease on Black, Latinx, Native and
other communities of color, efforts are underway in Massachusetts and
across the country to ensure the equitable distribution of the COVID
19 vaccine. Promisingly, nationally COVID vaccine hesitancy is
improving and now approximately 71 percent of the public say they are
definitely or likely to get vaccinated. Not so promising is that 35
percent of Black adults say they definitely or probably would not get
vaccinated. Over a third of Latinx adults are not confident that the
development of a COVID-19 vaccine took their needs into account.
Locally, a MassINC Polling survey, sponsored by the Museum of Science,
Boston and conducted in partnership with the Massachusetts League of
Community Health Centers, found that 38 percent of White residents say
they will take the vaccine "as soon as possible" compared to 28
percent of Black residents and 22 percent of Latinx residents. The
panelists will explore the why hesitancy exists in these populations
and discuss strategies to address hesitancy and increase vaccination
rates among the most vulnerable populations.



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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 13:00 to 14:00



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