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Black Americans lagging behind in COVID-19 vaccinations, data shows

When Rev. Miniard Culpepper, the senior pastor of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Boston, rolled up his sleeve last month alongside several other faith leaders, he wanted to “be a role model” and encourage people in his majority-Black community to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Due to a combination of historically rooted mistrust of the medical system, vaccine hesitancy and often, a lack of access, many Black Americans, who have been disproportionately impacted by the virus, are being vaccinated at rates concerningly lower than white Americans. “Vaccines are such a critical piece of getting us out of COVID and cutting down the number of deaths in our community,” Culpepper told ABC News.

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