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Health experts heighten calls to narrow Orange County’s persisting Latino vaccination gap

Voice of OC, April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021

Health experts heighten calls to narrow Orange County’s persisting Latino vaccination gap

“We’ve done a solid job in Orange County and in the state prioritizing communities of color, who are at the highest risk of COVID and deaths related to COVID. Those efforts — they’re real, they’re happening, but we need to put more effort into it,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, founding dean of UC Irvine’s Public Health program. Boden-Albala, a public health expert and epidemiologist, said Latinos are still being vaccinated at lower rates compared to other communities — even as state and local officials have focused more vaccination efforts on the community.