- Is vaccine refusal leading to lack of access COVID-19 vaccination in people of color? A professor associated with Wellesley College and Harvard University in Massachusetts discusses the focus on COVID-19 vaccine refusal rather than lack of access to healthcare as factors in vaccination rates among communities of color despite lack of access being the larger problem. She states that attention needs to shift from stories of mistrust leading to vaccine denial towards harnessing social and political tools with long-term perspective and commitment to address the structural barriers that maintain racism and disparity. She recommends continuing to emphasize the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and deploying vaccinators to local churches and independent pharmacies to reach minority communities that may not have access to chain pharmacies or large healthcare centers.
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