Most Latinos plan to get or have got Covid vaccinations. Access is key, leaders say.

Most Latinos plan to get or have got Covid vaccinations. Access is key, leaders say.

“Your ZIP code is a greater determinant of health than your genetic code,” a CUNY health expert said about access and Covid-19 health disparities.
Image: Jason Rodriguez, Camila Gutierrez
Jason Rodriguez gives Camila Gutierrez the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination at Jackson Memorial hospital, on April 15, in Miami.Wilfredo Lee / AP

A solid majority of U.S. Latinos say they plan to get the coronavirus vaccination or already have got it, which is a markedly different scenario from earlier in the year, when skepticism and mistrust were a much greater challenge.

This is great news, community leaders and Latino legislators say, but access to vaccinations continues to be a hurdle.

A survey by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., finds that 70 percent of Latinos are planning to be vaccinated or have already received shots.

“If we are serious about addressing Covid -19 and its impacts — or any pandemics in the future — our response efforts cannot have a plan that ignores communities of color or immigrants,” Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García, D-Ill., said during a virtual summit this week that focused on addressing health disparities in Latino communities.

García and other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are backing efforts to bring more vaccine doses to Latinos and other communities of color, and that includes introducing the Tri-Caucus Covid-19 Resolution, which aims to streamline vaccine access and work with community organizations to boost vaccinations. The Congressional Tri-Caucus is comprised of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Asian Pacific American Caucus.

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