Combating COVID-19 Vaccine Inequity During the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, populations of color have been disproportionately impacted, with higher rates of infection, hospitalization, and mortality, compared to non-Hispanic whites. These disparities in health outcomes are likely related to a combination of factors including underlying socioeconomic inequities, unequal access to healthcare, higher rates of employment in essential or public-facing occupations, language barriers, and COVID-19 vaccine inequities. In this manuscript the authors discuss strategies of how one local health department responded to vaccine inequities to better serve historically excluded communities throughout the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021. These efforts helped increase vaccination rates in marginalized communities, primarily in the Black or African American population in Durham County, North Carolina.





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Mortiboy, Marissa, John-Paul Zitta, Savannah Carrico, Elizabeth Stevens, Alecia Smith, Corey Morris, Rodney Jenkins, Jeffrey D Jenks, et al. (2023). Combating COVID-19 Vaccine Inequity During the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities. pp. 1–10. 10.1007/s40615-023-01546-0 Retrieved from

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Jeffrey Daniel Jenks

Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine

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