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CVS Prepares Initiative to Increase Access to Vaccines in Latino and African American Communities


CVS Prepares Initiative to Increase Access to Vaccines in Latino and African American Communities

Lyft will offer free or reduced-price rides to take people to CVS vaccination appointments in vulnerable communities.

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This Thursday CVS Health announced an initiative to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines in Latino communities and African American due to the racial disparities that have been recorded during the deployment of the vaccine.

The pharmacy chain will also work to promote vaccine education in underserved communities to combat coronavirus.

“We are committed to reaching out to African Americans and underserved communities to ensure health equity as we work to vaccinate all Americans,” said Karen S. Lynch, CVS Health President and CEO, in a release. “Our presence in communities across the country uniquely positions CVS Health to educate vulnerable populations and connect them with vaccine management services.”

Almost half of the 10,000 or so establishments CVS Pharmacy in the country they are found in communities classified as highly marginalized by the Social Vulnerability Index (IVS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to CVS.

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CVS’s strategy for getting vaccines to underserved communities includes partnerships, education-focused marketing and information outreach to patients, according to the company.

As more vaccines become available, CVS said you are planning to use vaccination vans and set up mobile clinics in different communities during March and April, which he will do in conjunction with the YMCA.

“Throughout the pandemic the YMCA has worked to meet the needs of the 10,000 communities we serve across the United States,” said Kevin Washington, president and CEO of the YMCA America, in a statement.

“We are proud to partner with CVS Health as part of our efforts to help ensure that everyone has equitable access to accurate vaccine information, especially communities of color and Latino that have been disproportionately affected by the health and economic impacts of the virus, “Washington added.

Latinos account for 46% of COVID-19 deaths in California

According to one analysis, black Americans are 2.3 times more likely to die from COVID-19 compared to white Americans. Additionally, recent data from California shows that Latinos accounted for 46.3% of COVID-19 deaths as of February 10, despite constituting 38.9% of the state’s population.

Communities of color also supported most essential job functions amid the crisisthe CDC noted, which likely contributed to the virus’s disproportionate impact.

An analysis prepared by ABC News prepared with preliminary data, Black Americans have been vaccinated at significantly lower rates than white Americans.

Related: CVS and Walgreens increase free coronavirus testing outside of branches

During the next few days, the CVS pharmacy chain will carry out outreach work through text messages and emails in the most vulnerable communities to promote vaccination in the country.

Neela Montgomery, the president of CVS Pharmacy, said that more than 40% of its pharmacists and more than 50% of its pharmacy technicians identify as non-white and said that “are important voices in helping people understand the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.”

CVS is partnering with Lift to provide free or reduced price rides to vaccination appointments in communities that are underserved.

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