Boosting Vaccine Confidence in Multicultural Patient Communities

Boosting Vaccine Confidence in Multicultural Patient Communities

By Vincent Iannelli, MD / March 7, 2021 / celebrities, countering vaccine hesitancy, COVID-19 vaccine, minority communities, vaccine advocates, vaccine hesitancy

For a while now, we have been talking about how some folks have been targeting minority communities with their misinformation about vaccines.

“As COVID-19 vaccines begin to roll out, some Americans remain skeptical about taking these vaccines. For the Black community, historical distrust makes their concerns even greater.”

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It’s time that we talk about all of the ways that others are working to undo that damage.

Boosting Vaccine Confidence in Multicultural Patient Communities

That’s especially important because minority groups have been hit extra hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Understanding a patient’s culture and background can help you in providing the highest quality of care.”

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So how can we make sure they get out of the pandemic as quickly as possible?

By helping to make sure they don’t delay getting vaccinated and protected. And of course by ensuring that everyone has equal access to COVID-19 vaccines.

“To address distrust and vaccine hesitancy among racial and ethnic minorities, health information should be developed and delivered by sustained partnerships with community organizations trusted and respected by the target audience to support vaccine decision making. In addition, extra efforts need to be made to respect this population’s autonomy and their ability to make informed decisions about vaccination. Messages need to balance inspiring trust through messengers embedded in the community and providing vaccine information in a transparent and inclusive way that supports autonomy. In addition, providing culturally appropriate, multilingual vaccine communication materials in the online spaces and physical locations (e.g., grocery stores, community centers) that are commonly accessed by racial and ethnic minority populations is vital to ensuring that information reaches these communities.”

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Is this type of health information being “developed and delivered by sustained partnerships with community organizations trusted and respected by the target audience to support vaccine decision making?”

Yes it is!

“Given the disproportionate and deadly impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on multicultural communities, it is vital that we recognize that Misinformation + Miscommunication leads to more Mistrust. We aim to empower our people with knowledge to protect their health and the health and wellness of their communities.”

No Más, No More…Misinformation + Miscommunication = Mistrust

Including information from the:

Also useful, is all of the COVID-19 vaccine information we have in Spanish:

And the stories from all of the health care providers who have already been vaccinated and protected.

Learn why Dr. Maurice Sholas got his COVID-19 vaccine.
Learn why Dr. Maurice Sholas got his COVID-19 vaccine.

Health care providers who are working to help make sure everyone else gets vaccinated and protected too, because they know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, with few risks.

Pricilla Mpasi helps educate communities of color with accurate vaccine information.

And are very necessary to help end this pandemic.

Celebrities and community leaders are also helping spread the word about COVID-19 vaccines in minority communities:

All of this will hopefully help everyone understand that there is no good reason to skip or delay getting their COVID-19 vaccine when their turn comes up.

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