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"Fears as Latinos Fall Behind in Vaccinations"

ABC News interviewed Dr. Arturo Vargas Bustamante, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of health policy and management, about how misinformation contributes to low rates of vaccination among Latinos 

Friday, August 13, 2021

As the delta variant continues to ravage communities across the country, Hispanic populations in many states have been left behind in the race to get the country vaccinated, according to Salud America, a national Latino-focused research organization.

Health experts say misinformation, fear and a lack of access to vaccination sites have contributed to the lower rates of vaccination -- despite the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Latino community.

According to Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues, Black and Hispanic people are less likely than their white counterparts to have received a vaccine, leaving the unvaccinated members of the group at an elevated risk of contracting the virus.