OPINION: Vaccine rates rise among Hispanics   

Statistical comparisons of vaccinations rates can give the impression of a competition when the only competition that matters involves beating the coronavirus. But comparisons are helpful in that they can identify groups getting left behind and show where improvement can be made.

When vaccines were initially being rolled out, a disparity of concern became evident: Hispanics were getting inoculated at a lower rate than Blacks and non-Hispanic whites. Thanks to community efforts, that gap has closed locally.

In fact, rates for Hispanics have begun to outpace those of non-Hispanic whites in Wallingford. According to a recent Record-Journal report, compared to 62.3 percent for white residents, 63.6 percent of Hispanic residents had received at least a dose of the vaccine as of Sept. 15. The rate for Black residents was 72.5 percent. 

In Meriden, 64.6 percent of residents have received their first dose. For city Hispanics, it’s 62.7 percent.

Those are encouraging numbers. It cannot be said enough how important vaccination is in the fight against COVID-19. The more people vaccinated, the better for all.

A lot of the success can be attributed to the efforts of the Spanish Community of Wallingford, more typically referred to as SCOW, which has held a dozen vaccine clinics and has more planned.

With partnerships with the Wallingford Health Department, Hartford HealthCare and the state Department of Public Health, SCOW was able to hold those clinics over a half-year period. “We are proud of the great response of over 750 individuals who have been vaccinated,” said Adriana Rodriguez, SCOW executive director.

While deservedly proud, Rodriguez also emphasizes that more work needs to be done. “We plan to continue using several outreach strategies to reach those who have not been vaccinated and continue providing our regular COVID-19 information sessions with the Wallingford Health Department and Hartford HealthCare,” she told the Record-Journal.

That’s the tool to use, information you can trust. These efforts which have taken it a long way can now take the community further. The goal is about as important as it can get. 



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