Vaccination for COVID-19 among historically underserved Latino communities in the United States: Perspectives of community health workers

Luz M. Garcini, Arlynn M. Ambriz, Alejandro L. Vázquez, Cristina Abraham, Vyas Sarabu, Ciciya Abraham, Autumn K. Lucas-Marinelli, Sarah Lill, Joel Tsevat

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Abstract

A critical step to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is vaccination. We conducted a mixed methods project that used online surveys and focus groups with 64 Community Health Workers and Promotor/as (CHW/Ps) located near the U.S.-Mexico border to identify barriers and facilitators to COVID-19 vaccination among Latino communities that have been historically underrepresented and medically underserved. Overall, personal barriers to vaccination included mistrust of manufacturers and administrators as well as fear of: becoming infected from the vaccine, discrimination/stigmatization from healthcare professionals administering the vaccine, exploitation/manipulation by the government or health authorities, and having personal information mishandled. Environmental and community barriers included being undocumented and fear-inducing myths and beliefs. Additional barriers included limited information and logistics pertaining to vaccination access. Targeted efforts are needed to overcome barriers in a culturally and contextually sensitive manner to prevent harm and reduce risk of infection among communities that have been historically underrepresented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number969370
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Volume10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 18 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Latinos/Hispanics
  • community
  • health disparities
  • hesitancy
  • vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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