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While widespread vaccinations offer the best hope for controlling COVID-19, hesitancy is growing — especially in Black and Latinx communities. According to a CVS survey, 51% of Latinx respondents worry about harmful side effects and 35% of Black respondents are not planning to get vaccinated.
Although the pandemic disproportionately harms communities of color, historical experiences of injustice and current health care disparities are proving difficult to overcome.
“It’s impossible for me to separate the history of how this country has treated my community with the present-day reality of the rates at which Black people are dying from COVID-19. Both truths are equally terrifying,” says Jewell Singletary, a business owner who is taking a wait-and-see approach to getting vaccinated.
“Vaccine hesitancy is incredibly important for us to understand and address head-on,” says Sree Chaguturu, M.D., SVP, CVS Health and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. “The data underscore the importance of our commitment to monitor equity in vaccine distribution and help support education and access.”