Black and Hispanic residents fear missing work due to COVID-19 vaccine

In Hudson County, a mobile vaccination unit is effective in reaching communities with lower vaccination rates

A Kaiser Family Foundation national report shows that, compared to about 40% of white residents, more than half of Black residents and nearly two-thirds of Hispanic residents are concerned about missing work due to side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. The state is reminding employers that they must honor sick leave for workers getting the vaccine of taking a day off becasue of side effects. Gov. Phil Murphy has said, “…it may be difficult for someone who is at a job that requires them to be there to even miss one day — which can mean the difference between paying rent or another bill and not able to do that.”

National Association of Hispanic Nurses New Jersey chapter president Debora LaTorre says a mobile vaccination unit can be effective for reaching workers, depending on what hours it’s available. And Hudson County Deputy County Administrator David Drumeler said they knew once vaccination rates had lowed down at their main site, they wanted to go into communities that had lower vaccination rates and less access to transportation. Drumeler said a mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit was such a success in North Bergen Thursday, it stayed open an extra two hours.

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