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COVID-19 has a disparate impact on people of color.
Latinos, for example, suffer higher case and death rates than their White peers. At the same time, Latinos are getting vaccinated for the COVID-19 vaccine at much lower rates, due to distrust and misinformation.
This is the focus of Univision‘s Facebook Live event in Spanish, “¿Tienes dudas sobre las vacanuas contra el covid-19 y comom recibirlas?” The panel is set for 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT on Thursday, April 29, 2021.
Update 4/29/21: In case you missed it, here is the video link.
- Yarel Ramos, Univision Los Angeles
- Janet Murguia, UnidosUS
- Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, Director of the Salud America! program and its multi-level efforts to promote action and information about COVID-19 and Latinos, Professor and Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences, and Director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research, all at UT Health San Antonio
- Dr. Fatima Munoz, San Ysidro Health
- Dr. Paulina Rebolledo, Emory
“With Mother’s Day fast approaching, this town hall gives us the opportunity to hear from women health professionals, influencers, and real people who have been actively getting their families vaccinated. Often in this community, women are on frontlines of making health decisions for their families and can be key in influencing family members, especially Latino males, in getting vaccinated,” according to the Ad Council.
Univision, UnidosUS, Unidos Por Los Nuestros, and the Ad Council are supporting this Facebook Live event.
What Else Can We Do to Promote COVID-19 Vaccination?
More efforts are rising to reach Latinos with COVID-19 vaccine info.
Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you in English or Spanish!
A new educational COVID-19 comic strip series in English and Spanish is helping bring important vaccine information to Latino families. Another set of webinars seek the same goal. Kaiser Permanente’s Vaccine Equity Toolkit helps organizations ensure everyone has equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
At Salud America!, we created a landing page for COVID-19 and Latino health equity. This includes posts on COVID-19 rates, vaccines, and misinformation.
You can also share our Salud America! “Juntos, We Can Stop COVID-19” digital communication campaign in English or Spanish to help Latino families and workers take action to slow the spread of coronavirus, including wearing masks and getting the vaccine when available.
The #JuntosStopCovid campaign features culturally relevant fact sheets, infographics, and video role model stories to encourage Latinos to practice safe public health behaviors.
“As Latinos, we are resilient. But part of our resiliency requires action for the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of the campaign and Salud America! at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. “Vaccines help our bodies become immune to a virus without becoming ill from it. Vaccination is an important way we can stop the pandemic once and for all.”
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