Addressing and Inspiring Vaccine Confidence in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

Jasmine R. Marcelin*, Talia H. Swartz, Fidelia Bernice, Vladimir Berthaud, Robbie Christian, Christopher Da Costa, Nada Fadul, Michelle Floris-Moore, Matifadza Hlatshwayo, Patrik Johansson, Ravina Kullar, Kimberly Manning, Edoabasi U. Mcgee, Christopher Medlin, Damani A. Piggott, Uzma Syed, Jessica Snowden, Tina Tan, Jacinda C. Abdul-Mutakabbir

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, we have witnessed profound health inequities suffered by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). These manifested as differential access to testing early in the pandemic, rates of severe disease and death 2-3 times higher than white Americans, and, now, significantly lower vaccine uptake compared with their share of the population affected by COVID-19. This article explores the impact of these COVID-19 inequities (and the underlying cause, structural racism) on vaccine acceptance in BIPOC populations, ways to establish trustworthiness of healthcare institutions, increase vaccine access for BIPOC communities, and inspire confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberofab417
JournalOpen Forum Infectious Diseases
Volume8
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021

Keywords

  • Black
  • COVID-19
  • Indigenous
  • People of Color (BIPOC)
  • structural racism
  • vaccine confidence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Clinical Neurology

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