The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has raised issues about trust among many Americans who are hesitant or unwilling to take the vaccine. The issue of trust is especially problematic among minority communities that have been harmed in historic medical and research incidences. People also are skeptical of a vaccine that was developed in record time, considering most vaccines take 10-15 years to make it to market.
Several months of data from the COVID-19 pandemic showed that African Americans and other people of color were disproportionately dying from the disease. Disparities in how COVID-19 affects minority communities highlight long-standing difficulties in achieving health equity in U.S. society, including clinical trials.
Three health care systems Wellmont Health System, based in Kingsport, TN; Novant Health, based in Winston-Salem, NC; and Adventist Health System, based in Winter Park, FL have come together to seek a solution to improving patient safety.