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Latinx Vaccine Outreach | Safe In Harm's Way

Residents of Kansas City's west side line up to receive their second dones of the Moderna vaccine on Monday, March 8, 2021 at the Tony Aguirre Community Center.2
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The JUNTOS Center For Advancing Latino Health in Kansas City, KS is making an effort to increase COVID-19 vaccine outreach to the latinx community.

Latinx people are being vaccinated at a far lesser rate in Kansas and Missouri, and resources are available for victims of domestic abuse isolated at home by the pandemic.

Segment 1, beginning at 00:37: The language barrier and distrust in the government are just two of the issues that have caused the latinx population to get vaccinated less than other demographics.

Ten percent of Missourians have been vaccinated for the novel coronavirus. That's compared to just two percent of the state's Latinx population. Our guests explain why this is the case and the kind of outreach needed on both sides of the state line to stop this trend.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:18: For domestic abuse victims, the coronavirus pandemic has made their situation that much more difficult.

Sufferers are now more isolated, spending greater time at home with their abusers than before. This makes it unlikely that coworkers or friends would notice the signs of abuse and reach out to offer support. Caroline Markel Hammond talks about her organization's mission and shares her experience as a survivor.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Zach Wilson is the associate producer for KCUR's Up To Date.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and other podcasts at KCUR Studios. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.