Latino Essential Workers in Nebraska Combat Vaccine Fears

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  • Public health officials in Nebraska are working to combat vaccine skepticism and hesitancy among essential workers, mostly immigrant Latino groups
  • In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey, while 7 in 10 Latino adults said they will get a vaccine, 43 percent said they had planned to wait and see how the vaccine would work in other people before getting it
  • Eighteen percent said they definitely won't get the vaccine while 11 percent said they would only get the vaccine if they were required to do so
  • About 1 in 5 Latino essential workers said they wouldn't get the vaccine, and another 1 in 5 said they would get it only if their employer required it
  • Public health officials are worried about this trend as Latinos have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic
  • Latinos are three times more likely to be hospitalized and more than two times as likely to die from COVID-19 compared to non-Latino whites, according to recent data