The numbers are staggering. New coronavirus cases are surging in most U.S. states as vaccination rates remain below 50% and multiple new strains, like the Delta version, develop and spread.
Hispanics, who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 virus, stand to get hit harder than some communities with the new and dramatic increase in positive cases and deaths. Three of the five states that account for half of the new incline in cases are California, Texas, and Florida – three states with high Latino populations.
In Texas, 99.5% of COVID related deaths are among unvaccinated people, according to the state Department of Health Services.
Vaccination is the only real option right now to get back to normal and the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) wants to urge Latinos to get vaccinated – and make it easier for them. In Texas and Colorado, healthcare advocates are going out to where Latinos are, at home and in the workplace, to make the life-saving vaccines more accessible.
“As companies across the country announce measures to require vaccinations among employees, TAMACC is going to encourage all Hispanic businesses in Texas to do the same, particularly with new hires,” said Executive Vice Chair J.R. Gonzales, who hosts the Latino Business Report podcast.
Gonzales said education is the key. Latinos need to know that the vaccine is safe – or at least a safer bet than the risk from the virus.
It’s not a financial reason that is keeping Latinos from being vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is free to anyone living in the U.S., regardless of immigration or health insurance status.