CAPH Issues Report on Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines
The California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH) and the California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI) recently released a report detailing recommended practices for equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
California’s public health systems have been undertaking efforts to vaccinate community members of color, low-wage essential workers, and other most at-risk populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To further these efforts, the California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI) conducted interviews with California’s public health care systems to better understand their successful outcomes.
The report shares three key strategies, including tips and real-world examples of how counties can reach higher numbers to vaccinate our most at-risk communities. The first key strategy included public health care systems partnering up with community and faith leaders, organization, unions, and employers which constituents and community members often have trusted relationships with. Second, public health systems would need to employ a mix of approaches to ensure consistent geographic coverage deep within communities and to target subpopulations. Lastly, blanketing counties and health systems with multimedia and multilingual communications and engagement would increase the community’s volume in vaccine acceptance.
For further strategies and examples, you can find more information here.