Statistics show that many black Americans are still reluctant to accept vaccination.
Vice President Kamala Harris called on the country’s African-American community to participate more actively in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign because black and Hispanic Americans, according to statistics, are not very willing to participate in this campaign. The Reuters news agency reported this.
“Let’s not let COVID do away with us. Let’s get vaccinated instead,” Harris said in an interview with MSNBC.
“We know that black people are disproportionately likely to get infected with the virus and die from it,” said the US vice president, “If you look at who is at the forefront [of the fight against the pandemic], it becomes clear who is at the greatest disproportionate risk. We’re talking about people of color.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has particularly hard hit Blacks and Hispanics in the United States. Among them, a disproportionately high number of deaths were recorded, which is why health authorities have previously called for a more equitable distribution of vaccines.
Kamala Harris, the first vice president of the United States of mixed African-American and Asian descent, noted that small businesses owned by Afro-Americans were disproportionately affected: more than 40% of such companies ceased to exist the pandemic.
“It disproportionately affects us, and if we want to control this virus, which causes us disproportionately serious damage, then one of the solutions is vaccination,” Harris said in an interview that will be shown in full on television next Saturday, February 27.
Statistics show that black and Hispanic Americans who are health care workers or live in nursing homes – the two priority categories that were first vaccinated are reluctant to accept the offer to get vaccinated. The inclusion of black Americans in clinical trials was also not very smooth because previously dubious medical research was conducted in the United States, for which African Americans were mainly involved.
According to the White House, two-thirds of people who are patients of state medical centers live in poverty. 60% of them are members of racial or ethnic minorities, and almost 1.4 million of these people are homeless.