A month ago, when we launched our statewide Survey of Latinx’ Access and Attitudes towards COVID-19 Vaccines, we had an inkling about what the findings would be. Throughout the pandemic we have seen how Latinx people across the country have been hard hit by the virus with some of the highest infection rates and death rates, while also being largely excluded from COVID-19 economic relief legislation. As vaccine rollouts were announced, we saw that our gente were encountering serious barriers to access the vaccine.
The data we collected from over 800 people in 10 North Carolina counties, backed the trends we were seeing on the ground -- while most people wanted to get vaccinated, over 70% of our gente don’t know how or where to get vaccinated. On top of this, we are facing serious language and technology barriers because so many of the signup forms are online and in English. The survey showed that accurate and reliable vaccination information was just not reaching the barrios that make up our community.