UW Health striving for vaccine equity

Health experts are seeing higher hospitalization and death rates among those communities.
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MADISON, Wis (WKBT) – UW Health is working hard to prioritize who gets a vaccine as equitable as possible.

When scheduling patients for vaccines, UW Health is making sure to invite Black, Latinx, and Native American patients to sign up for vaccinations.

This is important to public health because COVID-19 has disproportionately affected communities of color.

Health experts have seen higher hospitalization and death rates among those communities.

“It is a big difference it’s really formally integrating this work, and the importance of this work within our system. And really when we talk about racial equity and putting things into action, this is a very specific action we are taking in the health system to center racial equity,” said Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at UW Health.

UW Health will also hire vaccine patient educators to help with those communities.