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BDO Survey: 58% of African Americans Say They Won’t Take COVID-19 Vaccine


CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ — A recent survey on (BDO) revealed a staggering 58% of the respondents wouldn’t take a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as it’s available. In addition to 58% saying “no” to the vaccine, 22% reported they would take the vaccine, but had “concerns”. In total, 80% of respondents either said “no” or had “concerns” regarding taking a COVID-19 vaccine with the majority saying “no” because they “didn’t trust the healthcare system”. For any vaccine to work and be validated, it needs to create herd immunity, which is a protective effect created by a significant portion of a community being vaccinated. That leads to the question, “How can the results of a vaccine be considered valid without being taken by the population most affected by it?”

Black Americans represent a disproportionate number of positive cases and deaths associated with coronavirus. These facts make it logical for Black Americans to want to receive a vaccination as soon as it’s available. Unfortunately, there is a long history of distrust between Black Americans and the medical community. This distrust gets exacerbated when the government is involved in the research, creation, and dissemination of the vaccine.

BDO recognizes this distrust is real and warranted. From the Tuskegee Experiment, to Henrietta Lacks, to general biases causing misdiagnosis, Black Americans don’t use medical care as frequently as mainstream America. This lack of engagement has shown to be consistent, regardless of age or socioeconomic status. To overcome distrust and get more Black Americans to engage in new treatments or vaccinations, BDO recommends the following:

  • Information must appear on a trusted platform
  • Messaging must be authentic, and the experts should look like them
  • Content must also be based on Black Americans’ truths

BDO strives to end racial inequities in medicine and disseminate cultural specific information to its vast database. Any illness or condition affecting Black Americans receives full attention based on the Black patient journey, and provides relevant tips and strategies on how to live a happy and healthy life. BDO will effort to show its audience how to protect themselves from COVID-19. For more information, go to

BDO is the leading health and wellness destination for people of color. Since 2005, they have leveraged culture, content and technology to transform people’s lives for the better. Editorially, BDO shares culturally relevant tips and strategies on health, wellness, lifestyle and longevity. BDO is where wellness and culture connect!”

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  1. Princeray on November 17, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    This morning, I was tossing and turning in bed struggling to make sense out of the Democratic Party, Kamala Harris & Hinduism. I struggled to find a rosy picture of Hinduism somehow and in some way when I discovered your article. Today, we find ourselves on the cusp of life and death in an invisible biological war against the masses, SARS Cov-2, HIV-1 in the Air. You call out among us at a time that people must be brave, vigilant, firm and critical even if it may appear to be politically offensive or insensitive.

    CNN/MSNBC mouthpieces for Biden’s Covid 19 task force are caste system Hindus, UPHS Vice Admiral Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy and Dr. Celine Gounder. Disease does not discriminate, but UPHS does lock step with caste systems and white supremacy.

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