Racism in COVID-19 Vaccination? Reluctance to Vaccinate in the U.S. Black Population


The COVID-19 vaccine has been the subject of overt distrust linked to the development process of the vaccine itself, as well as to the uncertainty generated by the virus and the disease. Although there are numerous factors that influence reluctance to be vaccinated, it is of interest to explore the influence of race on attitudes of distrust and rejection of the vaccine. In this article, the black population in the United States is taken as a case study because of the preponderance of race in that country. After recognizing and identifying a series of general causes linked to distrust of the COVID-19 vaccine, the specific causes affecting the black population, which was more reluctant to be vaccinated and remained the demographic sector with the lowest vaccination rates during the first steps of the campaign, are examined in depth.
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