Dr. Laurencin Discusses High Rate of Vaccine Hesitancy Within Connecticut’s Black Community in Recent C-HIT Report

The Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT) recently published a story on low vaccination rates across Connecticut’s major cities. According to the article, “while differences in political ideologies have framed much of the vaccine conversation, the data shows that in Connecticut, the populations with the lowest vaccination rates are racial and ethnic minorities.” 

C-HIT spoke with Dr. Laurencin, who was one of the first to publish a study outlining the disproportionate rates of COVID-19 deaths and infections within the Black community. Laurencin states, ‘“If you look across the country at the trend that’s taking place in terms of vaccine hesitancy, there is something unique going on in Connecticut with the Black community. It’s the largest number I’ve seen, scanning across the other states, 40% who are waiting to get the vaccine. And I think that reflects a sophistication. I think people have been thinking about this, they need to hear from more trusted voices, and I think if they do, they will respond and proceed with the vaccine.”’

Read the full article here: http://c-hit.org/2021/08/09/communication-trust-needed-to-reassure-the-vaccine-resistant/











Graphics by Alison Cross. C-HIT.