Dr Keith Norris, Maria, Adrian Florido discussed on All Things Considered

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Public health experts are worried that some of the people who are skeptical of a Corona virus vaccine are those who need it the most that includes Latinos and African Americans who make up a disproportionate number of people hospitalized or killed by covert 19. NPR's Adrian Florido reports on some of the efforts to fight vaccine skepticism within those communities. Maria today is does not intend to get vaccinated, at least not right away. I think if I get the vaccine that I'm going to get Whatever, like Kobe house and I'm going to die, so I definitely will be one of the people that won't take it. You know, In the beginning, you says she is not generally a vaccine skeptic, but this one since it's new I am not comfortable of getting it. Surveys show that kind of skepticism about the Cova vaccine is widespread. Nearly 40% of Latinos told Pew researchers they would probably or definitely not get the vaccine. More than half of black respondents said the same white people have also expressed hesitancy. But the reluctance among African Americans and Latinos is especially worrying because their rates of infection are so much higher. It's a major concern. Dr Keith Norris's among an army of people, ramping up efforts to ensure Latinos, African Americans and other people of color trust the vaccine. He's hearing a wide range of concerns, many stemming from a long history of racism in medical research. Concern about being a guinea pig concerns about farmer and the federal government. And then there's lots of social media messaging. Downplaying the importance of coronavirus. Norris works for U. C. L A, and is leading a California effort funded by the National Institutes of Health to build Vaccine Trust. Strategy is to get clear, concise information to.

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