5 important COVID-19 vaccine updates for Hispanic/Latino communities

Last updated: Jun 7, 2021
Here are five updates for those in Hispanic/Latino communities about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The pandemic has greatly impacted Hispanic/Latino Californians. Not only do Hispanic/Latino communities have more cases, but deaths from COVID-19 for this group are 22% higher than average across the state. Getting the vaccine can help protect everyone’s health.

Below is the latest information about the vaccine. There is also more from experts who look out for the needs of Hispanic/Latino communities.

1. Vaccination is free for everyone – regardless of immigration status or insurance

The COVID-19 vaccine is free and available to anyone 12 and older. This is true even for non-US citizens or people without insurance. For those facing hurdles to getting vaccinated, California is working to make it easier. The state is helping with rides, mobile clinics and more.

For other health concerns or information about specific conditions, a family doctor, pharmacist, promotores, or community health center can help.

2. The vaccines have been tested for everyone’s safety

Many vaccine clinical trials test diverse populations. This helps make sure the results apply safely to everyone. This includes all approved COVID-19 vaccines. In fact, for the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) trials, between 20.5% to 45.3% of participants identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Some people have concerns about vaccine side effects. The risk of side effects from the vaccine is lower than the dangers of the virus itself. COVID-19 can cause long-term and fatal results.

3. Certain jobs and health conditions can increase COVID-19 risk

Diabetes, along with obesity and heart disease, add to the seriousness of COVID-19. And more Hispanic/Latino Americans have diabetes than non-Hispanic White Americans.

Plus, frequent public contact, such as being an essential worker, can increase the risk of getting and spreading the virus. So can living in homes with many generations. Many of these factors are common in Hispanic/Latino communities. This makes vaccination very important.

4. Many Hispanic/Latino experts support vaccination

The National Hispanic Medical Association says that the vaccines are safe. This group focuses on and supports Hispanic/Latino physicians and their patients.

Visión y Compromiso is a local group that also offers vaccine support. Doctors, community health centers, or family and friends who have received the vaccine are all good resources for questions.

5. Language doesn’t have to be a barrier

Vaccine appointments can be made online or by phone. The easiest way is to visit My Turn. The website is available in 12 languages, including English and Spanish. Those who don’t have access to a smartphone, the internet, or email can call the California COVID-19 Hotline at (833) 422-4255. The hotline offers services in English and Spanish. Health navigators or promotores can help set up appointments, too. There will also be translators on-site at clinics.

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