OhioHealth Mobile Vaccine Clinic Helps the Underserved
The clinics have been in operation since 1993
As the largest public health crisis in a century, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced medical professionals to react in innovative ways, even as the virus has exposed long-standing problems in our health care system.
In central Ohio, as elsewhere, one of those problems has been the inequity of care among demographic groups, particularly among communities of color. To take one startling example: During February 2021, the first month of OhioHealth’s Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics, 88 percent of first dose vaccines went to white patients even though approximately 59 percent of the population is white. And even the number of appointments for vaccinations was disproportionately booked by white people.
That data immediately caught the attention of OhioHealth officials.
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