Biden COVID-19 team member: Changing health disparities ‘no easy task’

Officials recognize the need to educate and vaccinate more minority communities

It will not be easy to change health disparities in U.S.,  said Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a member of President Joe Biden’s White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Nunez-Smith was speaking during Gov. Phil Murphy’s virtual coronavirus briefing Friday.

In New Jersey, just 4% of all COVID-19 vaccines administered have been to Black residents, even as the state rolls out more community-based sites, including houses of worship and federally qualified health centers.

Murphy emphasized a commitment to reach residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are living in group homes, along with their support staff, and stepping up vaccinations at nursing homes. 

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