May 25, 2021

California Latinos are behind in COVID-19 vaccinations. Here’s what is holding them back

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Latinos were also the least likely to sign up for a vaccine appointment online. Of those who did or tried to set up an appointment online, 42% were asked to provide a government-issued identification, 32% were asked to provide health insurance information and 14% were asked to provide a Social Security Number, despite federal guidelines advising that vaccines be made available to everyone, regardless of their immigration status.

“The vaccine distribution process has been an enormous challenge for Latino communities and especially those within the community who are Spanish-monolingual speakers, undocumented (and) mixed-status families,” said Jeffrey Reynoso, executive director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, a statewide group that focuses on Latino health.

Reynoso said he’s been excited to see local, walk-up vaccine clinics that don’t require online appointments, making vaccines more accessible to Latino communities. In Mexico City, for example, he’s seen vaccine clinics include music and luchadores, also known as wrestlers, to entice more people to get their shots.

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