Health disparities left Black Americans vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 and dying from it at higher rates, nearly two times greater than their share of the population. In the last two months, there has been a sharp increase in the number of African Americans who are concerned the worst of the pandemic is yet to come.
Students, businesses, employees, and homeowners have all been hit hard by the pandemic, with 61% of African Americans concerned about the loss of income related to the current pandemic. As the dangerous Delta and Lambda variants wreak havoc around the world, it is important now, more than ever, to take all precautions to protect yourself and your community.
Use this up-to-date research, resources, and stories to help ease the uncertainties and safeguard your community. With the facts, we can all make the best decisions for ourselves and our families.
88% of African Americans believe new variants and strains could potentially be more contagious or deadly.
The CDC has just announced today's vaccines are only about 66% effective against the Delta variant. In some cases, booster shots may be necessary.
Now isn't the time to give up. As of August 2021, 62% of African-Americans are either fully vaccinated or have had their first dose with plans to receive the second. This helps protect our families against hospitalization and death. We're going to continue to fight against Delta - together.FIND A VACCINE SITE
Specific COVID-19 data about and for the Black community has been elusive and inconsistent. NAACP units can use these data-backed resources to provide information to their members and the community at large. Let's keep fighting this pandemic, together.
Vulnerable communities continue to battle long-term health implications as well as the economic and social implications of the pandemic. As more Black Americans become vaccinated, our community wants to continue to take precautions to ensure we keep ourselves safe. Let's help protect our community.Compare Vaccines
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Even as Black people kept the nation operating and some contracted the COVID-19 virus while working, officials blamed them for being disproportionately affected by the virus. Racism, and the hundreds of years of multiple inequalities it created, birthed an atmosphere that positioned COVID-19 to be ripe to ravage Black America — and it did.
In July, at the height of the pandemic, 550 of the 1,166 incarcerated in the Miami-Dade corrections department were found to have the virus. There were 3,266 people in the jails. A department spokesperson said that at that time, only 33 people had the virus.
During the pandemic as schools moved to distance learning, limited access to computers and spotty internet service left many Black students logged out, even while facing challenging home situations. Not having basic needs met combined with uncertainty left Black students emotionally fragile.
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I have so many plans, and with the vaccine, I won't have so much anxiety about moving on with life. The pandemic has made it tough. But as a teen, I have a lot to look forward to.- Makenzy W.