Fair access to health


August 10, 2021

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Health equity is when all members of society enjoy a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Public health policies and programs can promote health equity by responding to the specific needs of communities.

CDC continues to focus its health equity efforts on populations with the highest rates of infection, severe illness, and death from COVID-19. You or your organization can join the effort to ensure that all communities have access to the resources they need for good physical and mental health, including COVID-19 vaccinations.

COVID-19 Vaccine Equity for Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups


Vaccine equity is when everyone has fair and just access to COVID-19 vaccination. Many social, geographic, political, economic, and environmental factors can create challenges to vaccination access and acceptance, which often affect racial and ethnic minority groups. Some of these factors include:

  • Education, income, and wealth gaps
  • Job access and working conditions
  • Racism and other forms of discrimination
  • Gaps in healthcare access
  • Transportation and neighborhood conditions
  • Lack of trust as a result of past medical racism and experimentation

Because of these and other challenges, some Black or African American people and Hispanic or Latino people are less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 than people in other racial and ethnic minority groups and non-Hispanic White people.

Ways to Promote Vaccine Equity in Your Community



With COVID-19 rates once again rising across the country, community- and faith-based organizations, employers, healthcare systems and providers, public health agencies, and policy makers all play a part in promoting fair access to health. By setting examples of healthy behaviors and promoting CDC’s guidance and local community protocols, we can support public health efforts against COVID-19.

Many of the resources available can be tailored for racial and ethnic minority communities to:

  • Help build vaccine confidence
  • Share clear and accurate information to educate people about COVID-19
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of vaccination and address common questions and concerns
  • Adapt key messages to the language, tone, and format that will resonate with communities
  • Understand community needs regarding COVID-19 vaccines

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