Some Black, Hispanic communities are skeptical about COVID-19 vaccine


December 11, 2020

Aaron Lavinsky •

Critical care nurses and respiratory therapists flipped a patient with COVID-19 upright at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale on Dec 7.

The COVID-19 vaccine may be on the way, but some who belong to communities of color are reluctant to take it.

"Unfortunately, the communities of people who are most affected by the pandemic are also more likely to be the most hesitant about a vaccine," said Dr. Ana Núñez, vice dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Black and Hispanic communities historically have had lower flu vaccination rates, driven partly by barriers to accessing medical care but also by a reluctance to trust institutions that have subjected minorities to unethical experiments and discrimination.


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