Earned Distrust: Systemic Issues Contributing to the Black Population’s COVID-19 Vaccine Trepidation

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Winter 2021


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In this presentation, we review some of the factors contributing to lower rates of Covid-19 vaccinations in New Jersey's Black population. As one of just many systemic issues, we focus on distrust in the Black community. Specifically, we detail the health system's continued legacy of taking advantage of Black bodies to make medical advancements that do not equally benefit Black populations, in addition to feelings of being unwelcome and uncertain in medical environments. Our presentation closes with specific recommendations for increasing vaccination rates in New Jersey's Black population.

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