WASHINGTON – Armed with more racial data on vaccination rates, the Biden administration is targeting its outreach efforts, including a door-to-door campaign, as part of the latest campaign to get more people vaccinated from color by July 4th.
“We absolutely cannot beat this virus without making sure that there is a plan that works for everyone and for all communities,” said Marcella Nunez-Smith, chair of the Equity Task Force. COVID-19 health from the White House, during a briefing Tuesday.
Earlier this year, President Joe Biden announced his goal of seeing 70% of American adults receive at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4.
Of the 57% of Americans who had received a dose of the vaccine as of June 7, almost two-thirds were white, 15% were Hispanic, 9% were black, 6% were Asian, and 1% were American Indian or native-born. Alaska, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The global pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on communities of color, with high rates of cases and deaths.
Nunez-Smith recently spoke with USA TODAY about the administration’s efforts to push for more racial data and address inequities in the response to the pandemic.
“The better the data, the better we can say, ‘OK, we have to dig deeper to do more in Zone X,” Nunez-Smith said. “Aggregated national data is really important when we look at reaching the president’s goal of 70% by July 4. It’s very appropriate to have these kinds of national goals, but in terms of fairness , these goals must be super local. “
The administration turned to religious leaders and community organizations to set up vaccination sites in churches and barber shops and partnered with Uber and Lyft to provide free rides to vaccination sites. until July 4.
“The work on equity is hyperlocal,” said Nunez-Smith. “I have to take my hat off and recognize that it is really the state and local courts that are going to rule all matters of fairness.”