DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County said Thursday is reserving a quarter of its COVID-19 vaccine for minorities in an effort to ensure equal access.
Health officials said that compared to the white population, Black, Asian, Native American and other minority populations, and individuals of Hispanic and other ethnic groups, experience disparities in health outcomes and have less opportunity to be healthy.
Minority populations historically have had unequal access to health care due to factors such as poverty, racism and discrimination. “They appear to be suffering from a much higher rate of severe disease, hospitalizations, or death when we compare them to our white population or white patients at large,” said Dr. Roberto Colon, chief medical officer at Miami Valley Hospital.
To help bridge the health care gap, and to facilitate equitable vaccine access, Public Health is allocating 25 percent of its COVID-19 vaccine for use at Minority Health Outreach Vaccination Clinics.
The next Minority Health Outreach Vaccination Clinic will be held Monday, March 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bethesda Temple by appointment only.
The vaccination clinic is for minorities who are age 60 years and older or who have a qualifying occupation or medical condition. Call 937-225-6217, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment.