Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020
As COVID-19 disproportionately impacts communities of color, and as these same communities are increasingly targeted with misinformation about vaccine safety, it is evident that systemic racism continues to drive a serious public health crisis in Colorado and beyond. To begin to address this crisis and work toward health equity–especially as it pertains to vaccination and a future COVID-19 vaccine–Immunize Colorado has launched a Vaccine Equity Taskforce. The Taskforce, whose members represent communities of color, in addition to a variety of experience and expertise (e.g. advocacy, policy-making, business, faith-based leadership, public health, healthcare and infectious disease research), will prioritize strategies for equitable immunization delivery, access and education, and implement efforts to reduce barriers to and misinformation about vaccines. The Taskforce will also aim to combat misinformation targeted predominately at communities of color about vaccines, inform research and implementation efforts for a future COVID-19 vaccine and hold decision makers accountable for achieving vaccine equity in Colorado.
For questions about the Taskforce, please contact us.