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.