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Latinos are disproportionately hurt by COVID-19.
But they make up a very low percentage of those getting a coronavirus vaccine. This is in part because of targeted misinformation and experiences with discrimination and implicit bias in the doctor’s office.
This is why CDC is conducting two webinars to share what Latino families and communities should know about the COVID-19 vaccine and more ways to slow the spread of the pandemic.
Webinar 2/26/21: What Families Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
This webinar, set for 2 p.m. ET on Feb. 26, 2021, focuses on information for Latino families.
- Rev. Carlos Durán is president of The National Alliance of Hispanic Pastors. The Obama White House recognized Durán as a “Champion of Change” for his advocacy for parents, families, and the U.S. Latino community.
- Shepherd Libya Dura is founder of Pastors Wives of America. Dura has served Latino churches in the Washington, D.C., area for over 30 years.
- Dr. José T. Montero is director of the CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. Montero has many years of experience creating programs to prevent and control diseases.
Webinar 3/2/21: What Your Community Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
This webinar, set for 12 p.m. ET on March 2, 2021, focuses on information for the Latino community.
- Rev. Jeanette Salguero is co-founder of The Gathering Place and National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC). Salguero has consulted on addressing health disparities for several governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
- Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero is president and founder of NaLEC. He also is former Director of the Hispanic Leadership Program (HLP) and the Institute for Faith and Public Life at Princeton Theological Seminary.
- Dr. José T. Montero of the CDC.
“Most Latinos are willing to get vaccinated, Dr. Marina Del Rios told in a CNN report. But “they have more questions related to ‘where can I get the vaccine, when will it be my turn, is it going to cost me money?”
What Else Can You Do to Address COVID-19 among Latinos?
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.
“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.”