Vaccines represent a critical tool in decreasing COVID-19 risks, but more work is needed to support vaccine uptake in historically marginalized communities. — Dr. Stefan D. Baral, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Vaccines represent a critical tool in decreasing COVID-19 risks, but more work is needed to support vaccine uptake in historically marginalized communities. — Dr. Stefan D. Baral, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern Higher Among Low-Income Essential Workers
As was the case with wildtype SARS-CoV-2, transmission of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOC) appears to be higher in communities where people's incomes are low and many of them are essential workers, a study of census data from Canada suggests.

"The critical finding here is that SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern transmitted rapidly among people who were unable to work remotely," study co-author Dr. Stefan D. Baral of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, told Reuters Health. "Moreover, the epidemiology in terms of who was at risk for infection by variants of concern, which emerged in late 2020, was very similar to the original virus."

... "Vaccine rollouts need to prioritize low-income communities and essential workers," lead author Dr. Zain Chagla of the University of Toronto told Reuters Health by email. "Similarly, workplace controls, safety, testing, and support for paid sick leave are essential parts of pandemic control."

... Dr. Yelba Castellon-Lopez, an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, agreed with Drs. Chagla and Baral.

"Policies must recognize that the pandemic has devastated some communities disproportionately," Dr. Castellon-Lopez, who was not involved in the study, told Reuters Health by email. "Working successfully with the most impacted communities requires that we direct resources to and collaborate with organizations that have strong ties to the community and have established trust."

"Vaccines represent a critical tool in decreasing COVID-19 risks, but more work is needed to support vaccine uptake in historically marginalized communities," Dr. Baral added.
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