April is National Minority Health Month

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Are you #VaccineReady?

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is focusing this year’s National Minority Health Month on how COVID-19 impacts vulnerable communities, like racial and ethnic minorities, American Indians, and Alaska Natives.

All month long, the IPRO QIN-QIO will be sharing facts about COVID-19 and the vaccines, with a goal to encourage individuals to get vaccinated when they become eligible, and to proactively practice COVID-19 safety measures.

Why this matters?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), certain vulnerable populations including non-Hispanic African Americans, individuals living in nonmetropolitan areas, adults with lower levels of education and income, and those who do not have health insurance, have a higher likelihood of not getting vaccinated for COVID-19.

However, studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping people from getting COVID-19. The CDC recommends that everyone get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.

What can you do to reduce the spread of COVID-19?

As more vaccines become available, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones until you can get vaccinated:

  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay at least six feet (about two arm lengths) from others who do not live with you.
  • Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.

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