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Study reveals linguistic disparities in COVID vaccine uptake, outcomes

Beusekom, M.V.

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Peer Review Study

Healthcare Access and Quality
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Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

A study conducted in Minnesota and Wisconsin revealed a connection between language preferences and limited English proficiency with delayed COVID-19 vaccine uptake and higher rates of hospitalization and death among certain language-preference groups. The study analyzed data from over 850,000 adult patients, noting that individuals with limited English proficiency or a preference for a non-English language experienced delays in receiving their first vaccine dose. These groups also had higher rates of hospitalization and death related to COVID-19. The study emphasizes the importance of addressing language barriers to ensure equitable healthcare and improve health outcomes across racial and ethnic groups.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

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Non-English Speaking Populations

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