As the COVID-19 vaccination campaign unfolds, it is critical that vaccines are delivered fairly and equitably—so that everyone has access. Just as pressing is the need to address the pandemic’s disproportionate adverse effects on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities across the United States.
As a result of longstanding disparities, the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths related to COVID-19 are significantly higher in BIPOC communities, and members of these groups are among those hit the hardest by the pandemic’s economic and social upheavals.
A new plan released by CommuniVax, Equity in Vaccination: A Plan to Work with Communities of Color Toward COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond, provides elected and appointed officials with the tools to create, implement, and support a vaccination campaign that works with BIPOC communities to remedy COVID-19 impacts, prevent even more health burdens, lay the foundation for unbiased healthcare delivery, and enable broader social change and durable community-level opportunities.
Hosted by CommuniVax and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, this webinar will discuss the specific recommendations made in the report and share experiences from local initiatives, so officials can consider adopting them as they implement COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in their own towns, cities, and states.
Emily K. Brunson, PhD, MPH, Co-PI, CommuniVax & Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Texas State University
Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD, Co-PI, CommuniVax & Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Lois Privor-Dumm, IMBA, Senior Advisor, Policy Advocacy & Communications, Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center
Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, Professor & Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland School of Public Health
Ysabel Duron, BA, President, The Latino Cancer Institute