Special Populations-Hispanic Communities

Whereas Hispanic communities in Wisconsin have higher vaccination rates than their Black counterparts, they have lower vaccination rates than other ethnicities across the state; they also have the highest case rates [ 1]. Further, merely one-third of Hispanics in the United States have health insurance; of which is the lowest among any racial or ethnic demographic [ 2]. Hispanics have suffered great economic impacts as a result of the pandemic, as more than half of Hispanic adults lost a job or income as of December 2020 [ 3]. Moreover, Hispanic workers overwhelmingly staff essential service occupations, have fewer opportunities for remote work, and have higher poverty rates than non-Hispanic whites [ 4] putting them at greater risk for infection. Hispanic communities also struggle with other barriers to vaccination including, but not limited to, socioeconomic disadvantages, language barriers, limited technology access to schedule appointments, and minimal availability towards transportation services [ 5].


Source: Wisconsin COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates by Race and Ethnicity
Wisconsin Department of Health Services. (2022, April 14). COVID-19: Racial and ethnic disparities. Retrieved May 2, 2022, from https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/disparities.htm#disparities



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