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Vaccine Outreach To Kansas City Latinx Community Falls Short

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Mariana Ramirez works with the WyCo Health Equity Task Force and helps guide the county's COVID outreach and education to the Latino community.
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Mariana Ramirez is the director of JUNTOS Center For Advancing Latino Health in Kansas City, KS, which is making an effort to increase COVID-19 vaccine outreach to the Latinx community.

Latinx people are being vaccinated at a far lesser rate than the rest of the population in Kansas and Missouri.

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 break down why this is the case - and the kind of outreach needed on both sides of the state line to stop this trend.

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