Community | Spotlight January 2021

Black Coalition Against Covid-19

We find ourselves at an important inflection point in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. And, the Black Coalition Against Covid19 is on the front line to help!

Two vaccines have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  for distribution: The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. These vaccines hold incredible promise to help stem the tide of this pandemic.

But, the Black community has expressed unease over the announcement of a population-wide, mass inoculation program. Why?

In the past, racist, and at times dangerous, health policies and clinical experiments have targeted particularly vulnerable Black and brown communities.

From the Tuskegee experiments — one of the most disturbing parts of American medical history — to the economic and cultural inequities in the U.S. healthcare system that disproportionately harm Black and Latinx communities, there are very real reasons why some people might look askance with skepticism and fear at the new vaccines.

A recent report from UnidosUS, the NAACP, and COVID Collaborative revealed that just 14 percent of Black Americans and 34 percent of Latinx Americans say they have trust in the safety of a new COVID-19 vaccine.The study also found that 18 percent of Black and 40 percent of Latinx respondents say they trust COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness.

We need to change the narrative and get more of the Black community vaccinated!

Bounce is focused on this effort to get more of our community vaccinated by bringing you the latest information from the CDC and Afro-Centric organizations like the Black Coalition Against Covid19 so you can make an informed decision.

Your decision can save your life and the lives of others in the country as a whole and the Black community in particular. Thank you Black Coalition Against Covid19.

 

Sources/Video/Image Credit: cdc.com, blackcoalitionagainstcovid19.com, healthline.com, unidosus.org, naacp.org

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