MONDAY, July 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Black churches could prove crucial in improving COVID-19 vaccination rates among Black Americans, a new study suggests.
The COVID-19 death rate among Black Americans is three times higher than among white Americans, and health officials had hoped that vaccines would narrow that gap.
However, Black communities are disproportionately affected by barriers to vaccination, such as limited online access and a lack of transportation.
As a result, less than 15% of Black Americans have received the first dose of a COVID vaccine.
“Black churches have long been more than places of worship to their communities,” said study leader Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir, an assistant professor of pharmacy at Loma Linda University in California. “They serve as strongholds for disseminating trusted information and have been integral in our initiative to help achieve racial equity in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.”