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August 17, 2021

Partnering With the Faith-Based Community to Address Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and Outcomes Among US Black and Latino Populations

Author Affiliations
  • 1National Black Church Initiative, Washington, DC
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
  • 3Holtz Children’s Hospital, Jackson Health System, Miami, Florida
JAMA. 2021;326(7):609-610. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.12652

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) document that Black and Latino individuals in the US are 3 times more likely than White individuals to be hospitalized for COVID-19 and twice as likely to die from the disease.1 Of the US population of approximately 330 million individuals, more than 100 million are Black or Latino individuals, who comprise 32%.2 Nevertheless, Black and Latino individuals account for only 25% of the 184 million people in the US who have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, whereas White individuals account for 59% of those who have received the vaccine.3 Similarly, Black and Latino individuals comprise only 24% of the 159 million persons in the US who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, whereas White individuals account for 60% of those fully vaccinated.3