While 60 percent of Americans want to get the coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available, Blacks are not as enthusiastic as other racial and ethnic groups, a new study found.
The study, conducted by the Pew Research Center and published this month, found that only 42 percent of Black adults said they would get the vaccine when offered, WUSA-TV (Channel 9) reported.
The results aren’t a surprise to Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, the president of predominantly Black Howard University and a physician.
“It’s a general lack of trust in institutions … law enforcement — African Americans are hesitant about how law enforcement has treated them in the past and treats them today,” Frederick said, WUSA reported. “You can apply that to so many other things that we see. During the mortgage crisis, banks were taking advantage of African Americans in that crisis.”
Frederick said the mistrust extends to the health care system which abused African Americans during the infamous Tuskegee project from 1932-1972 in which Black males were purposely infected with syphilis and not treated properly for having the sexually transmitted disease.
As of Friday, the U.S. has roughly 15.7 million coronavirus cases and 294,000 related deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.