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May 18, 2021

How US employers can narrow racial gaps in Covid vaccination

By Paul Dennis

18 May

Adam Ozimek, chief economist at Upwork, retweeted on how US employer actions could enable equitable access to Covid-19 vaccinations.

Experts state that despite higher deaths and illness reported among Hispanic and Black communities in the US, they have been less likely than their White counterparts to receive the Covid-19 vaccine jabs.

About 28% of unvaccinated employed adults in the country stated that they would get vaccinated if their employers gave them paid time off to get a vaccine and recover from its side effects.

According to findings, approximately 64% Hispanic and 55% Black adults were very, or somewhat, worried about missing work if they suffered side effects from a Covid-19 vaccine for a day or more, compared to 41% of their White counterparts who felt the same.

Economists state that if employers provided paid time off to its employees to get inoculated and recover from its side effects, it could help boost vaccination rates among these groups and also narrow racial gaps in vaccination.

They also believe that vaccination rates could improve if employers provided vaccines at work, and also financial incentives to employees to get vaccinated.

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