拜登政府承诺公平地为黑人和棕色社区提供疫苗

总统当选人拜登和他的政府发誓要确保黑色和棕色的人通过移动诊所等于获得了Covid-19疫苗, 疫苗接种中心以及与当地社区的伙伴关系, the chair of Biden’s Covid-19 Equity Task Force said during a Black clergy event on Monday.

博士. Marcella Nunez-Smith said in Biden’s first month of office, he will roll out an ambitious national vaccination strategy with the hopes of combating concerns with vaccine access and hesitancy among people of color who are dying from the virus at higher rates.
Nunez-Smith, who spoke during a virtual event hosted by Choose Healthy Lifea group of prominent Black pastors working to combat the pandemic’s impact on Black peoplesaid the administration is committed to helping Black and brown communities overcome thestructural barriersthat could prevent people from getting vaccinated.
Many of these challenges were exposed when Covid-19 testing was rolled out last year and there were not adequate tests or resources for urban communities, Nunez-Smith said.
Biden is working to prevent this with the vaccine rollout, 她补充说.
This is a national emergency, and we need to treat it like one,” Nunez-Smith said. “We need equitable access to testing, treatments and vaccines.
Biden’s five-point plan includes putting federally supported vaccination centers in high-risk neighborhoods, setting up mobile vaccination sites in medically underserved areas, administering the vaccine at independent pharmacies, partnering with community health centers and ensuring high risk facilities such as jails and homeless shelters have access to the vaccine.
The vaccine will be free of charge at these locations, Nunez-Smith said.
拜登 said Friday that he would ensure the vaccination sites were developedequitably.
We are going to make sure there are vaccination centers in communities hit hardest by the pandemic, in Black and Latino communities and rural communities as well,” 拜登说.
Nunez-Smith said the administration will also work withtrusted messengerssuch as the Black pastors in Choose Healthy Life to build trust in the vaccine. The role of the Black church will be critical because data shows Black Americans are currently receiving Covid-19 vaccinations at dramatically lower rates than White Americans, 她说.
Access issues and mistrust are leaving Black health care workers behind,” Nunez-Smith said. “We know there will be similar challenges across the broader population.

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