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County health officials, organizations working to close the racial gap in COVID vaccinations | Health

Krager said when the vaccination began in December, vaccine reluctance was highest among everyone, including Hispanics.

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey showed an increase in the number of people vaccinated or wishing to do so as soon as possible, he said.

Some populations have more barriers to getting vaccinated, including communication and language barriers, lack of transportation, or limited downtime, Krager said.

“If you rely on word of mouth from community members and family for information about medical things, you can get wrong information,” he said. “It’s not that easy to go online and find information in a language you understand. “

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Krager said the county has tried to make it easier to get people vaccinated by not requiring appointments, holding clinics on Saturdays and in community places, such as churches and schools.

The health department has partnered with the Child and Adolescent Clinic and the Ethnic Support Council to run immunization clinics at St. Rose Parish Center in Longview, Wallace Elementary School in Kelso, and two health resorts. apartments in Woodland.

The Ethnic Support Council received a $ 50,000 grant in April from All in Washington, a statewide relief effort, to increase immunization rates among underserved minority groups. Board chair Cindy Lopez Werth said the board has expanded its efforts to reach refugees, immigrants and people with limited English skills as well.

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