Nurse Practitioners Hit the Road to Tackle COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
A new approach aims to boost COVID-19 vaccinations in underserved communities
More than half of the country’s adults—135.8 million—have received the COVID-19 vaccination. But what about the other half? Many Americans harbor doubts about the vaccine, especially in minority communities, which have been disproportionately hit hard by the virus.
To combat hesitancy in those communities, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners launched a grassroots effort during Minority Health Month, meeting patients where they are by going door to door to schedule appointments and setting up mobile vaccination clinics in urban and rural areas. The group is encouraging COVID-19 vaccine participation, raising awareness about better COVID-19 vaccine access, and highlighting ongoing efforts to address health disparities in minority communities.
“Nurse practitioners have been treating patients with COVID-19 since day one; we have seen firsthand the adverse impact of this disease on our nation’s minority communities,” said AANP President-Elect April Kapu in a press release.
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