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COVID-19 Vaccines and Communities of Color in Washington, DC

In support of the National African American Enrollment Week of Action, DC Health Link partnered with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health to host “Focus on the Facts: COVID-19 Vaccines and Communities of Color.”

Communities of color, specifically in the District of Columbia, have expressed mistrust in the American health care system and are reluctant to take the COVID-19 vaccine, a situation attributed to the enduring legacy of egregious medical mistreatment in America. Despite the virulence of COVID-19 and its new variants, African Americans and other communities of color who are disproportionately impacted by the virus, are getting vaccinated at a much lower rate than other groups.

The interactive, virtual town hall focused on the vulnerabilities and impact of communities of color and COVID-19; myths and facts about the vaccine as well as barriers to vaccination. In addition, health insurance enrollment opportunities were shared and questions from participants were answered by Kaiser Permanente’s Dr. Ashlee Williams, DC Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, and Health and Human Services’ Deputy Mayor Wayne Turnage. Check out the full video and Q&A transcript here at KP Insider.


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