2VIDA! Tackles COVID Vaccine Hesitancy and Barriers in Latinx, Black Communities

2VIDA! Tackles COVID Vaccine Hesitancy and Barriers in Latinx, Black Communities

Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have launched a medical outreach program to get COVID-19 vaccines to Latinx and African American communities in San Diego County. The program, called Project 2VIDA! (SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Intervention Delivery for Adults in Southern California), is funded by a $3 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Targeting Vaccine Hesitancy

2VIDA! is one of five vaccine hesitancy programs recently funded by the NIH, and the only one based in California.

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected Latinx and African American communities, who also face unique barriers to getting vaccinated. Project 2VIDA! will study the individual, social and contextual factors that contribute to these health disparities, and directly educate the public on the safety of vaccines.

“There is no genetic predisposition to COVID-19 — people of color are severely impacted because of social determinants of health and disparities that have not been addressed,” said Argentina Servin, MD, MPH, principal investigator for Project 2VIDA! and assistant p...

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