Last updated: July 12, 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.
Mati Hlatshawayo Davis, MD, MPH, continues a discussion with Scott Hartman, MD, Dial Hewlett, MD, FIDSA, Ebony Hilton, MD, and Philip Zachariah, MD, on the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations within the pediatric population. In this final part, the panel discusses how racial disparities have affected vaccine availability for pediatric populations, strategies to reach the unvaccinated and ways to health address disparities moving forward.