Will children of color get vaccinated at the rates of other kids? Experts say equity is key to new normal.Nada HassaneinUSA TODAY
Now that a COVID-19 vaccine is available for children as young as 5 years old, community leaders, clinicians and officials are ramping up grassroots efforts to ensure children of color have equal access to the shot.
The rollout charges forward at drug stores,pediatrician offices, family health clinics and hospitals. But access may be challenging for some, as an estimated 53% of children throughout the nation lack a medical home, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis in 2019. Doctors said the barriers adults in communities of color faced in getting vaccinated are likely to be mirrored in children of color.