Health Equity and COVID-19 Vaccines
Due to a history of racism, disparity and inequity within the health care delivery system, there is entrenched distrust among many within Black and LatinX communities and significant skepticism about the COVID-19 vaccines.
At Main Line Health, we are committed to health equity and ensuring that everyone has access to the information, education and resources they need to learn more about vaccination and to be vaccinated, if they so choose. A team of employees and medical staff from across Main Line Health meets on a regular basis to develop education and outreach strategies to engage people who have questions and concerns about COVID vaccination. Hear more from some of those leaders who talk about the importance of vaccines and their decision to get the shot.
Ultimately, vaccination is a personal decision and we respect everyone's choice about whether or not to receive a vaccine, but we want to ensure that information and vaccination reaches communities that are disproportionately affected by this virus.
Diversity in COVID-19 Clinical Trials
One of many concerns among communities of color has been whether the clinical trials for coronavirus vaccines have included diverse groups of people. People of different races and ethnicities sometimes respond differently to pharmaceutical treatments and these groups have been underrepresented in clinical trials in the past.
For the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines we are administering at Main Line Health, there was diversity in both clinical trials. You can view information about clinical trial demographics for the Pfizer vaccine and Moderna vaccine.