Medical distrust fuels vaccine reluctance among Hispanics
Misinformation and medical mistrust are the main drivers of vaccine reluctance among Hispanics in the United States, new research shows.
The researchers also found that protecting other family members is an important factor in convincing Hispanics to get vaccinated.
The small study included 22 Hispanic mothers from Oregon and 24 of their children who were in grades 9 to 12.
At the time of the study, Hispanics accounted for 27% of coronavirus infections in Oregon, even though they only made up about 13% of the state’s population.
A major concern among study participants was the myth that COVID-19 vaccination causes infertility, Oregon State University researchers found.
This fear has a historical basis because of the US government’s previous forced sterilization programs, according to Jonathan Garcia, associate professor in the university’s College of Public Health and Humanities.
This story needs to be recognized by medical providers to help patients overcome their fears and get vaccinated, he explained.
“We cannot relay hard facts without addressing the history of trauma and discrimination that leads people to distrust medical systems,” Garcia said in an academic press release.
“The system is responsible for the reluctance to vaccinate. It’s not about being stubborn, or people don’t know enough, it’s that the system hasn’t sufficiently addressed these historic traumas and is not sufficiently engaged with their cultures, ”Garcia said.
The researchers also saw the need for better communication on the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country.
When health officials suggested that Hispanics be the first to get vaccinated due to risk factors such as workplace exposure and underlying health issues, some people felt they were were used as “guinea pigs,” according to the study published this month in the journal. Health and behavior education.
Investigators also found that the idea of getting vaccinated to protect other family members appealed to study participants. Many also saw vaccination as a way to return to full employment.
Participating teens often had to dispel vaccine conspiracy theories their parents saw on social media and keep their parents up to date with the latest news, according to the study.
“The usefulness of a study like this is that it allows us to understand the complexities that arise from lived experience,” Garcia said.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information on Vaccines against covid-19.
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