Detailed Data Deemed Key to Vaccines for Vulnerable Communities

April 9, 2021, 11:04 PM

Some groups hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic aren’t well represented in demographic data and are overlooked in federal efforts to increase access to vaccinations, health equity leaders warned Friday.

Because many states still aren’t collecting complete demographic data, federal resources aren’t flowing to vulnerable communities struggling to get vaccinated, they said. That slows the country’s response to the pandemic and makes existing health disparities in the U.S. worse.

Better data collection was among the litany of issues members of the White House Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force discussed Friday at the group’s second meeting. The task force discusses solutions...

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