CDC, WhatsApp Create Spanish Vaccine Finder
WhatsApp and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new partnership on Monday that will help Spanish speakers find vaccination sites.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to support the U.S. government’s sprint to vaccinate more Americans against COVID-19 before the July 4 vacation, or as soon as they are able,” the company wrote of social communication in a press release.
The new vaccine researcher – called “Mi chat sobre vacunas COVID” or “My cat on COVID vaccines – can be accessed via WhatsApp by testing” hola “on a specific link or QRcode. Once invited, the WhatsApp user can choose between locating nearby vaccination sites, receiving more information about COVID-19 vaccines, or sharing the service with others.
Users can get CDC-verified SMS responses on topics ranging from the importance of getting the vaccine, common side effects, and the history of how the three nationally licensed vaccines received the vaccine. Emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
The partnership comes amid President Joe Biden’s month-long campaign to have 70% of American adults receive at least one shot of COVID before Independence Day, a goal the administrative admitted is probably inaccessible.
Still, the White House does not intend to give up on vaccinating as many Americans as possible. About 65% of American adults have received at least one injection, and just over 55% of adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
But across the United States, lack of access to vaccines and mistrust of the medical field among minority communities have made it more difficult to vaccinate these populations.
According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, black and Latino communities nationwide are receiving “smaller shares of immunizations relative to their shares of cases and relative to their shares of the total population in most states.”
In Colorado, where Hispanics make up 20% of the state’s population, less than 10% have been vaccinated, according to the state report. vaccine dashboard.
In California, whose population is roughly 40% Hispanic or Latino, only 29% of vaccines went to the Hispanic people.
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services said recent CDC data showed Latin American populations had received a higher proportion of vaccine doses given in the past two weeks, hopefully reducing the, the disparity of the vaccines administered in the weeks to come.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.