5 important COVID-19 vaccine updates for Hispanic/Latino communities
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
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.
What we know about long-term COVID-19 right now
Here’s what scientists have learned so far about the most common lingering effects and how to manage them.
Removing barriers to getting a COVID-19 vaccine
We are working hard with the state to make the vaccines available to everyone.
Why older adults shouldn’t wait to get a COVID-19 vaccine
Getting vaccinated will help protect you from getting the virus.
Addressing COVID-19 concerns in Pacific Islander communities
We answer common questions those in Pacific Islander communities may have.
Addressing COVID-19 vaccine concerns in Indigenous peoples of America communities
We answer common questions those in Indigenous peoples of America communities may have.
Your simple guide to COVID-19 testing
Discover the differences between the two types of diagnostic COVID-19 tests and learn which one may be best for you.
Concerned? Get the facts about the COVID-19 vaccines
We have answers to common questions about the vaccines.
Your 5-step plan to stay safe with diabetes
Now’s the time to double down on good blood sugar control. But that’s not your only safety measure.
Overcoming needle fears
Does the thought of getting a shot make you want to skip it altogether? Learn how to cope with your anxiety like a pro so you can get the care you need.
6 groups of people who are at higher risk for COVID-19
If you’re an older adult or have underlying conditions, it’s hard not to worry about COVID-19. But knowing the details can help you stay healthy.
Addressing COVID-19 vaccine concerns in Asian communities
We answer common questions those in Asian communities may have.
Addressing COVID-19 vaccine concerns in Black communities
We answer common questions those in Black communities may have.
Addressing COVID-19 vaccine concerns in Hispanic/Latino communities
We answer common questions those in Hispanic/Latino communities may have.
What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines for teens
Some teens 16 and up are eligible to get the vaccine now.
What to know if you have an ongoing health condition
The vaccines are highly recommended for people with chronic illnesses.
6 great reasons to get the COVID-19 shot
Here’s a look at some of the good things that will happen once you’re vaccinated.
How do the 3 new COVID-19 vaccines work?
These shots are the first of their kind, and they’re true medical breakthroughs. Here’s a closer look at the science behind how they were developed.
The high-risk people who need the COVID-19 vaccine most
If you’re living with lung disease, hypertension, or diabetes, getting the coronavirus shot is especially important.
Everything you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines available now
Learn how the three approved shots stack up and find out why all of them can help keep you safe.
Get to know your treatment options for COVID-19
Learn about the latest treatments available for adults and children with mild, moderate, or severe COVID-19.
What does herd immunity from COVID-19 look like?
Learn how getting vaccinated can help us reach herd immunity safely — and get back to living a normal life faster.
A parent’s guide to the COVID-19 vaccine
What you need to know to help protect your child from COVID-19.
5 important COVID-19 vaccine updates for Asian communities
Here are five updates for those in Asian communities about the COVID-19 vaccine.
5 important COVID-19 vaccine updates for Black communities
Here are five updates for those in Black communities about the COVID-19 vaccine.
5 important COVID-19 vaccine updates for Indigenous peoples of America
Here are five updates for those in Indigenous peoples of America about the COVID-19 vaccine.
5 important COVID-19 vaccine updates for Pacific Islander communities
Here are five updates for those in Pacific Islander communities about the COVID-19 vaccine.
What everyone with diabetes should know about the COVID-19 vaccines
How long will you wait for a shot? What are the side effects like? Here’s the essential info you need.
Heart disease and COVID-19: Your 5-step plan to help you stay healthy
Now that the coronavirus has your attention, here’s how to help protect yourself.
Protect your community: Meet Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett
Getting vaccinated can help stop the COVID-19 spread in Black communities, which have infection rates three times that of White communities.
Protect your community: Meet Dr. Erica Pan
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will help stop the spread in at-risk Asian communities.
Protect your community: Meet Virginia Hedrick
Vaccines are important to protecting the health of California’s at-risk Indigenous peoples of America communities.
Protect your community: Meet Dolores Huerta
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help stop the spread of the virus in California’s Hispanic/Latino communities.
Protect your community: Meet Dr. Kawika Liu
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a crucial step for helping to protect Pacific Islander communities.
Worried about COVID-19 vaccine mandates
We answer your top questions about whether COVID-19 vaccines are (or will be) required, plus how to prove your status.