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COVID-19 vaccine equity plan stresses local vaccinations to those most affected

Posted on 02/19/2021
Senior Latina woman gets a COVID-19 vaccine

Weld County — In order to improve vaccine access and equity, the Weld County Health Department has collaborated with a variety of partners in health care, human services, public health, and local government to create a vaccine equity plan. The plan was also created to build a foundation for more local-driven processes regarding where vaccines are distributed in northern Colorado and to ensure vaccine equity across the region and among communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

“Preliminary analysis shows that low-income and minority populations are significantly less likely to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Cindy Kronauge, Health Data Specialist for the Weld County Health Department.

Key strategies around implementing the plan include addressing barriers to vaccination, such as transportation and language accessibility; addressing disinformation about vaccines; and communicating that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and there is no cost to anyone who desires one.

“This vaccine equity plan will help to ensure providers reach and inoculate people who have unique challenges to getting vaccinated,” said Cynthia Horn, Chief Nursing Officer at the Weld County Health Department.

Health officials also noted that reducing vaccine hesitancy through a combination of interventions, including the engagement of community members, community leaders, social media, and health care professional training, will also be necessary.

The specific vaccine providers and equity partners affiliated with the plan include: Banner Health, North Colorado Health Alliance, Sunrise Community Health Centers, Salud Family Health Centers, Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment, Larimer County Department of Public Health and Environment, UCHealth, NoCo Healthcare Coalition, and Larimer and Weld County Emergency Management.

For general questions about COVID-19, including where and how to obtain vaccinations, go to the COVID-19 Vaccine Information webpage