Advocates seek to bridge vaccine gap for Latinos, others in Malheur County

The Covid vaccine. (Liliana Frankel/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – Providers and advocacy groups in Ontario said steps were being taken at the local level to ensure that vaccine gets to Hispanic and Latino communities and communities of color, who have experienced higher rates of illness and fatalities from the virus.

Across the country, there has been growing concern that care for minority populations has been inadequate. A new state report cited the disparity in Oregon.

“Persons of Hispanic ethnicity continue to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19: they account for 13% of Oregon’s population but 35% of cases of known ethnicity reported to date,” according to a Feb. 18 report from the Oregon Health Authority. “The age-adjusted hospitalization rate among Hispanics in Oregon is 4.3 times that of non-Hispanics and the death rate 3 . . .