Vaccine Hesitancy and Mistrust Within The Black Population

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Stephanie Teixeira-Poit, Sociology, Department of Social and Sociology, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University



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Publication Date

Spring 4-2021


There are low rates of intentions on receiving the COVID vaccine in the Black population, and when analyzing a comparison of attitudes depending on race of Americans who intend on getting vaccinated, people of color have the lowest percentage. The purpose of this research was to find out why Black individuals tend to mistrust health authorities and are more likely to have vaccine hesitancy, and to see what scales of vaccine attitudes of Black individuals exists. Also a Literature Review was administered and a survey, that sampled NC A & T students in Fall 2020, gathered information on their intentions of getting the COVID vaccine. A comparison of attitudes, behaviors, and concerns around vaccinations of different races were done. Historical information regarding the medical racism that African Americans endured was included to highlight how those events caused mistrust within the black community. Also unequal treatment in healthcare that contributes to the amount of mistrust and vaccine hesitancy that exists in black individuals was found in an article that shows the bias of healthcare workers towards minority patients. Possible solutions of gaining trust towards vaccinations of black individuals are also included.

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