Last updated: September 7, 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had disproportionate adverse effects on the Black, Indigenous, and people of color community, with significantly higher numbers of cases, deaths and hospitalizations compared to those not in the BIPOC community. Similarly, members of the BIPOC community are among those most affected by the pandemic’s economic disruptions. As COVID-19 vaccines become available to the public, it is imperative that they be distributed equitably.
The Vaccine Education Roundtable Series will focus on addressing key questions and concerns that this population has regarding COVID vaccines and how to optimally communicate with them.
Associate Editor Mati Hlatshwayo Davis, MD, MPH, discussed equitable strategies for balancing in-person learning and keeping students healthy with panelists Andrea Ciaranello, MD, MPH, C. Buddy Creech, MD, MPH, and Jason Mix, MA, EdS. In the final part of the roundtable, panelists share their perspectives on masking as a part of mitigation strategies within schools and whether resistance to masking may be a symptom of longstanding mistrust of medicine. Panelists recommend identifying effective and trusted communicators to listen to and address questions and concerns from their local communities.