Weekly Now: Black CEOs Take Steps to Boost Vaccine Access
March 2, 2021
Getting the COVID-19 vaccines to everyone has been a major challenge, and a new coalition wants to ensure that the vaccines reach underserved communities, too.
A group of Black CEOs in the association space—including the leaders of AARP, the American Diabetes Association, the American Psychological Association, the International City/County Management Association, the National League of Cities (NLC) and the YMCA—have announced a pledge to boost awareness of the vaccines in Black communities and to take steps to increase access.
The situation is dire. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than 7 percent of people who have received at least one dose of a vaccine are Black, and nearly half of vaccination records are missing race and ethnicity data, limiting the ability to properly track the need in underserved communities.
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