According to reports, many African Americans are skeptical about getting the COVID-19 vaccine and it doesn’t help that there remains the story of a troubling history of unsuspecting Black men who were part of the Tuskegee experiment and suffered greatly at the hands of a horrific governmental experiment.
For that reason and more, Blacks are hesitant to embrace the idea of getting vaccinated because of distrust with the government.
But despite their concerns, there’s a deadly strain of a new variant of the coronavirus, which has been labeled the delta variant, on the rise that is giving healthcare officials a much deeper cause for pause and concern.
According to The Los Angeles Sentinel, many health experts and local leaders across the country are making sure to encourage Black people to get the COVID-19 vaccinations as there is new data that is showing an increase in delta variant cases in Black communities.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital – MLKCH posted on their Facebook page, numbers showing that Black people are being affected more by the virus than other communities and is encouraging all Black people who are unvaccinated, to visit their nearest healthcare facility to get a vaccination.
“ALARMING DATA: For the first time in months, cases of COVID are on the rise. And communities of color are most affected.
- In CA, the Delta variant was responsible for 38% of new cases as of the end of June, up from 5.6% of new cases in May.
- In LA County, the Delta variant made up nearly 50% of new COVID-19 cases, up from 5% just four weeks earlier.
- At MLKCH, COVID cases are steadily on the rise.
- Over 51% of all new cases have been Black/African Americans and 42% of all new cases have been Latino/Hispanic
Dr. Batchlor had this to say: “If you’ve been waiting to get your COVID vaccine, now is the time to stop waiting and do it. COVID vaccines are powerful weapons to protect yourself and prevent the continued spread of COVID in our community, including the Delta variant. The Delta variant is spreading quickly and can cause more severe illness. Unfortunately, the Black community is lagging behind in COVID vaccination and as a result, is experiencing higher rates of infection and hospitalization. Let’s not allow this terrible disease to decimate our community again.”
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