What It Means to Hold Space for Black People Who Have Vaccine Doubts

As medical expert Dr. Furaha Asani writes for Elemental, it’s important to address any Covid-19 vaccine mistrust among Black people at the community level, and for institutions to recognize the need for change. “Research and health sectors must operate with greater sensitivity to perceptions of localized histories and existing incidences of harm,” she writes, sharing three broad ways to improve:

  1. Acknowledge the history of racism within health care — and that it persists.

2. Engage with experts and leaders on a local scale.

3. To be trusted, become trustworthy.

Read her full piece below.