Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Access, Safety, and Utilization: Building Vaccination Confidence in Communities of Color


October 21, 2020 • Webinar

This webinar comes at a critical juncture as COVID-19 vaccine development continues. As has been the case with previous public health emergencies, the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing racial inequities that have long existed in the U.S. Racial and ethnic disparities also continue in vaccine access, due to contributing factors such as lack of access to health coverage and care and issues of distrust.

Featured experts shared with policymakers and stakeholders the historical reasons for vaccine hesitancy in communities of color, highlighted ongoing vaccination disparities and discussed policy recommendations to build vaccine confidence and access in communities of color.


  • Michelle Cantu, MPH
    Director for Infectious Disease and Immunization, National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • Wayne A. I. Frederick, MD, MBA, FACS
    President, Howard University
  • Julie Morita, MD,
    Executive Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


  • J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE
    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Trust for America’s Health