Achieving Widespread COVID-19 Vaccination Part One

Although the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has had a successful start, major health inequities still exist in vaccine access for underserved communities and underrepresented minorities. 2 million Americans are being vaccinated a day, but less than 20% are underrepresented minorities. In this episode, guest host Claire Winiarek sits down with Dr. Elena Rios, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), and Dr. Sree Chaguturu, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Caremark. Claire, Dr. Rios, and Dr. Chaguturu discuss the unique social determinants of why these inequities exist, why it’s important to reframe COVID-19 vaccination campaigns for specific demographic groups, and how PBMs are working to educate underserved populations on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.