By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Half of US states mentioned racial equity in their plans for vaccine rollout as they aim to focus on black and Hispanic people as priorities.
In California, Governor Gavin Newsomhas said that experts are ‘making sure black and brown communities disproportionately are benefited’. Dr. Robert Redfield, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, also issued a recommendation that multi-generational families living in the same household are among the vaccination priorities as it will include ‘Hispanic, Black and Tribal Nations families’.
However, more than one third of black Americans remain hesitant to get a vaccine. The first two Americans to receive the coronavirus vaccine, live on television, were black caregivers, optics that illustrate a daunting challenge facing the nationwide campaign: persuading skeptical African Americans to get inoculated.