A new survey found an increasing number of blacks in the United States said they were ready to receive the coronavirus vaccine, an encouraging sign that one community leader described as “quasi-replacement. 180 degrees “from earlier in the pandemic.
According to a poll last March by the Associated Press news agency and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, about 24 percent of Blacks said they may or will not be vaccinated.
This is down from 41% in January, and is similar to the proportion of whites (26%) and Hispanic Americans (22%), who also said they had no plan to be stabbed.
The findings come as US President Joe Biden’s administration works to Speed up vaccination to try to overcome the recent infection surge, after he promises that all adults will eligible for a stab before April 19.
Public health experts have raised concerns about the need to ensure that Blacks and other black communities in the United States, where particularly severely affected by the pandemic, have been Equitable access to vaccines.
Local leaders say the vaccine reluctance is partly driven by decades of institutional discrimination in the healthcare and other public services sectors.
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Association of Public Health, told the AP that black attitudes have “almost changed 180 degrees” as outreach campaigns have worked to against false information.
Benjamin said black doctors, faith leaders and other organizers helped deliver the targeted message to the community “in a way that was not preaching.”
“They don’t tell people ‘You need to be vaccinated because it’s your job.’ Basically, they said, “Listen, you need to be vaccinated to protect yourself and your family,” he said.
Mattie Pringle, a 57-year-old black woman from South Carolina who previously had doubts about taking a vaccine, said she changed her mind after a member of her church urged she reconsidered. She got her first stab last week.
“I had to pray about it, and I felt better after that,” Pringle told AP.
Health and public health experts have continued to call on Americans to get vaccinated in an effort to slow the spread of the disease that killed more than 561,000 people across the country – the highest mortality rate ever. gender.
The United States, which has reported more than 31 million cases to date, has authorized the use of three vaccines in emergencies: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
To date, more than 178.8 million doses of the vaccine have been used nationwide, while 68.2 million are considered fully vaccinated, according to the to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Recent surveys have shown that more Americans in general say they intend to be vaccinated than before.
Pew Research Center report In early March, 19 percent of US adults said they had received at least one dose, while another 50 percent said they could or would be vaccinated.
“Altogether, 69% of the public plan to get vaccinated – or already have – a significant increase compared to 60% say they plan to get the vaccine in November,” it said.
Other recent surveys show that attitudes toward vaccines are being politically divided. A survey at Monmouth College published last month found that 36% Republicans say they will avoid the vaccine compared with just six percent of Democrats.
That motivates America’s leading infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, urged former President Donald Trump to encourage people who support themselves to vaccinate.
While, Experts are urging Americans Take whatever vaccines are available to protect yourself and avoid delays.
“When people come, I always advise them to get the available vaccines because you never know what vaccines will be available next time,” Reham Awad, a pharmacy intern in the Chicago area, told Al Jazeera this week.