Sandra Quinn and Amelia Jamison describe distrust of vaccines to Mother Jones
Black people are still suspicious of vaccines, even though they have suffered the most from COVID-19, Mother Jones reported.
Mother Jones interviewed Sandra Quinn, professor of Family Science, and Amelia Jamison, faculty research assistant at the Center for Health Equity, to understand the reason for the mistrust.
“We know that because of the history of segregation, discrimination, and racism there are reasons [Black] people don’t trust the government,” Quinn told Mother Jones. “The government doesn’t always have their best interest at heart.”
Quinn and Jamison published a study that found stark racial differences in trust in different institutions like drug companies, government institutions, and healthcare providers. Jamison said that while almost nobody trusts pharmaceutical companies, white people are generally more trusting of the government.
Quinn explained that in the 1980s, the Black community was worried that HIV was a manmade virus created for the purposes of genocide, and some believed it was created by the Central Intelligence Agency to kill Black people.
And in 2009, Black people were more likely to be skeptical of an "emergency" vaccine for the swine flu, than any other racial group.
But, Quinn says it's critical that the Black community take the vaccine when it's finally available.
“Who’s most at risk?” Quinn said. “We definitely need African Americans to get it. It’ll be devastating if they don’t.”
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