The data is daunting, and yet, statistically African Americans remain skeptical regarding the COVID-19 vaccine compared to whites. Reports indicated by kff.org show an estimated 40% of African Americans have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccination compared to 50% of whites.
COVID-19 has positioned African Americans in a crisis within a crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to date, there have been an estimated upwards of 37 million total reported cases of COVID-19 and 600,000 deaths. African Americans account for 13% of the U.S. population, however, disproportionately represent 20% of COVID-19-related deaths as of May.
After its initial wave, the emergence of the COVID-19 delta variant continues to loom over Black Americans navigating ways to protect themselves and their loved ones.