COVID-19 vaccinations still matter. The pandemic still a reality. In 2022 MALVEC core partners intentionally shifted the narrative to needs-based messaging that reflects and addresses Latinos’ social and economic realities. Our main focus at this stage is to provide information on the effectiveness of vaccines and facilitate vaccine access for the entire Latinx community in Maryland.
The program encourages people who have not yet been vaccinated to do so. We provide support for people who need post-covid medical follow-up and access to relevant information to obtain health service benefits.
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Administered by MLU, the MALVEC coalition developed a sophisticated communications strategy and consistent science-based bilingual messaging. The CDC Foundation, Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University (GWU) provided updated medical and scientific information about COVID-19. GWU’s Milken Institute of Public Health provides additional evidence-based research, as they continuously evaluate trends in how Latino communities respond to public messaging surrounding COVID-19.
Recognizing that in Fall 2021, state unemployment analysis by ethnicity and race showed that racial disparities in unemployment rates persisted, despite a ‘labor shortage’. In Maryland, Latino families comprised 28.3% of tenants behind on rent, while African Americans made up 21.5%. Today, the economic emphasis has shifted again. Latino families are even more concerned about the economy than they are about health. Inflation and the rising cost of living are at the front of their minds.
Enter our blog and learn about stories, articles, infographics and videos about COVID-19 in the Latino community in Maryland. You will also find a directory of institutions that can provide you with the support you need depending on the area in which you are.Go to Directory