COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more widely available in the United States. As vaccine allocation includes a larger proportion of the population, understanding and overcoming challenges to vaccination experienced by different communities is essential to ensuring equitable vaccine implementation.
The availability of accurate COVID-19 information that is culturally and linguistically appropriate is essential to keeping communities safe. Likewise, it is also vital to provide information via channels that community members actively use and trust.
The case investigation and contract tracing (CICT) process may involve several potential challenges when attempting to reach refugee, immigrant, and migrant (RIM) communities. Case investigators and contact tracers may be unable to reach or engage RIM community members during the initial phone call due to interpretation challenges, mistrust of answering an unknown phone number, or uncertainty/fear about what is being done with the information gathered.
The availability of accurate COVID-19 information that is culturally- and linguistically-appropriate is essential to keeping communities safe. Likewise, it is also important to provide information via channels that community members actively use and trust.