Tuesday, September 28, 2021

First Latina surgeon general urges people to wear masks and get COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Antonia Novello, the first Latina  to serve as U.S. surgeon general, is spending her birthday administering COVID-19 vaccines at a health center in San Juan, Puerto Rico as well as urging more Latinos to get vaccinated and wear masks. She was surgeon general under President George H.W. Bush and now she divides her time […]

Latinos are twice more likely than Whites to want the COVID-19 Vaccine, but cites fear barriers

According to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation, unvaccinated Latinos are two times more likely than Whites to want the COVID-19 vaccine. However, Latinos surveyed raised several concerns including having to pay for the vaccination and having to provide information about one’s immigration status, showing that there needs to be more information that […]

Three Latina Scientists at the Forefront of Covid-19 Testing are Proud to be Part of “History”

Three Latinas, Monica Mann, Elizabeth Zelaya, and Connie Maza are at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. They analyze COVID-19 samples every day to track the spread of the virus and more recently to identify mutations. These three scientists and medical technologists are part of a small team in the Department of Forensic Sciences’ […]

Biden & Treasury Secretary Yellen; Latinos will Help with COVID Recovery

President Biden and U.S. Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, acknowledged the toll that the pandemic has taken on Latino businesses and workers and reassured them that they’ll receive help to bounce back and would be key in leading the latest economic recovery. Yesterday, during the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (USHCC) Legislative Summit Biden stated, […]

Latinos Struggle with Rise in Opioid Overdose as Pandemic Triggers a Nationwide Surge

The federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) described the issue of uncontrolled opioid use in the Latino community as a matter of urgency in a special report released in 2020. With the COVID pandemic, the confinement, depression, and financial stress that it has caused, opioid use in the country has escalated. […]

Latino Community Clinics Battle Covid-19 Head On, Now They Want More Vaccines

Across the country, Latino clinics have fought the COVID-19 pandemic which has threatened to devastate their communities from the beginning. Early in the pandemic, these clinics were aware that they would have to find their own ways to inform their communities about the virus, treat them when they got sick, basically ensure that their communities […]

California May be the First in the Nation to Require Pandemic Hazard Pay for Farmworkers

A city in California is including farmworkers among those who must receive hazard pay for the risks they are enduring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Coachella, a Southern California city known for its popular annual music festival, passed an ordinance this week which requires retail pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants, and agricultural businesses in the city to […]

Latinos Navigating Obstacles to Access the Covid-19 Vaccine

Dr. Marina Del Rios, a doctor from Chicago, says that low vaccinations rates among Latinos is not just due to their hesitancy. She  states that in many cases it comes down to questions of logistics and access, “Most people are willing to get vaccinated, they have more questions related to ‘where can I get the […]