Apr
28
Wed
Center for Population Health Sciences Research Seminar Series: Marissa Reitsma @ Online Event
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Center for Population Health Sciences Research Seminar Series: Marissa Reitsma @ Online Event

Strategies to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign

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Marissa Reitsma is a Health Policy PhD student and Knight-Hennessy Scholar, Epidemiology and Population Health, Stanford University

The COVID-19 epidemic has had a disproportionate impact on racial/ethnic minority populations in the US. In the initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, Black and Hispanic people have been under-represented among those receiving vaccinations, relative to both their share of the population and their shares of COVID-19 cases and deaths. Age-based vaccine eligibility schemes have potentially amplified disparities because of demographic differences across racial/ethnic populations, exacerbated further by differential access and vaccine confidence. In this seminar, we will discuss ongoing modeling work that examines how strategies focusing on geographic dose allocation, access barriers, and vaccine acceptance can affect both overall population benefits from vaccination and racial/ethnic disparities in the distribution of these benefits.