There is a discrepancy between the amount of positive COVID diagnosis in communities of color in WNY and COVID vaccination rates in communities of color in WNY.
We know vaccine hesitancy is a contributing factor and there are several efforts amongst medical and community providers to increase education and outreach to communities of color. We also know there is a gap in access to vaccination within communities of color because of factors like the digital divide, language barriers, and health literacy.
These factors will take a concentrated effort to support both communities of color in getting access and medical providers with the quick guides for distributing to all their patients. At this time these resources may exist in silos.
The goal is to ensure that all have direct quick access to vaccination if the desire and all providers have the tools they need to encourage this often and quickly with the most updated and accurate information.