The NAACP says that ~51% of the US Black community has been fully vaccinated and that a large proportion still plans to be. Learn more about the problem areas and how primary care can help.
To target the COVID-19 information needs of the African American community, the NAACP in May 2021 launched COVID. KNOW MORE, a national initiative tailored specifically to fill in the gaps and even voids in public health communications to Black communities across the country.
Choosing Safer Activities, Reopening Plans and Mandates by State, Understanding Vaccine Options, and LyftUp Vaccine Access are key resources on the website. YouTube video interviews with Black clinicians and policy makers discuss community vulnerability, vaccine access and distribution, and COVID-19 treatment and vaccines. There is a comprehensive resource toolkit that includes social media, advertising, and promotional materials to help public health and local officials as well as leaders in Black communities provide a flow of accurate and consistent information where, the web site notes, COVID-19 data for and about the Black community has been "elusive and inconsistent."
Findings from proprietary NAACP research are updated on COVID. KNOW MORE as they are available. The slide show below is based on the most recent data from the NAACP COVID Longitudinal Study 2021 which surveyed Black adults on COVID-19 vaccination status, attitudes, and plans.
Understanding what the African American community perceives to be vaccine pros and cons and what may make people less fearful or suspicious may help primary care providers in the months to come as SARS-CoV-2 variants continue to spread and US influenza season approaches.
[Note: each slide is an element from a new COVID. KNOW MORE infographic.]