Efforts to Vaccinate Latinos Step Up in Ten States

Efforts To Vaccinate Latinos Step Up In Ten States

Washington – The National Alliance for Hispanic Health reported on Wednesday the launch of a campaign to promote vaccination against COVID-19 in 18 communities in various states of the country.

This group highlighted the importance of this type of initiative given that the death rate from covid-19 is 2.8 times higher among Latinos than among whites in the United States.

“It is our sacred duty to the people who have been lost by covid-19 to follow preventive practices and get vaccinated when we are eligible,” said Jane Delgado, president of the alliance. “The next few weeks and months are critical to saving lives through vaccination.”

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The organization was selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a vaccine network together with “18 community organizations, leaders in cities and rural communities to ensure that the promise of the covid-19 vaccine It benefits us all ”, added Delgado.

The CDC reported today that the United States reached the vaccination of about 10% of its population when some 33 million people have received at least one dose of the immunization. Although nationally the vaccination rate reaches 11,000 people per 100,000 inhabitants, immunization rates are much lower among Latinos.

The initial group of communities served by the Vaccine Network includes Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, San Ysidro and Watsonville, in California; Denver, in Colorado; Miami and Orlando, in Florida; Atlanta, in Georgia; Chicago, in Illinois; Omaha, in Nebraska; The Bronx, in New York; Kennett Square, in Pennsylvania; Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio, in Texas, and Pasco, in Washington.

“We must all do our part and support each other,” Delgado said. “The most important thing is that we all get vaccinated when we are eligible and follow safe practices, such as ‘The Three Ms’ that focuses on the basic steps to protect ourselves: wear a mask, keep our distance and wash our hands.”

“Together we will respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and we will be a stronger and more connected community and nation,” concluded Delgado.

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