The COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts and across the nation has been characterized by dramatic racial inequities. Across the board, Black and Latinx communities have borne a disproportionate burden — from infections to hospitalizations and deaths. When Massachusetts began its vaccination campaign, MPHA joined forces with civil-rights, racial justice and immigrant justice organizations to form the Vaccine Equity Now! (VEN) Coalition, which is dedicated to achieving vaccine equity by advocating for protecting the communities that have been hardest hit by the COVID- 19 pandemic.
Since its launch in early 2021, VEN has worked consistently to hold the Baker administration accountable for decisions about vaccine access, while advocating for the establishment of equity benchmarks, collaboration with local officials and community leaders, cultural competency in vaccine outreach programs, transparency in the allocation of resources, and strong data collection and reporting, which are essential to measure progress towards vaccine equity. VEN also developed and released Equity Principles for Workplace COVID-19 Vaccine Policies & Safety Practices, in order to help local businesses develop and implement policies designed to promote health and well-being throughout their communities.
To learn more about the Vaccine Equity Now! Coalition, contact Jeneczka Roman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
#MyVaccineStory Town Hall Video Recording (April 2021)