Vaccine Equity and Access Program

With funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Community Catalyst’s Vaccine Equity and Access Program (VEAP) works to increase COVID-19 and influenza vaccine equity, by implementing activities focused on vaccine confidence, access, and availability among communities of color.  

As the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the nation and the world, the same structural racism that have led to disparities in health, has also been evident by racial and ethnic minority groups being the disproportionately by COVID-19 infection and death. This is especially true in American Indian/Alaska Native, African American/Black, Asian, Latino/Latina/Latinx and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.    

With several vaccines for COVID-19 available and vaccination more urgent than ever, Community leaders must be equipped to help individuals and families gain accurate, timely, and culturally appropriate information about vaccine options, including information that addresses questions and concerns people may have.  

In partnership with 90 community-based organizations led by and working with communities of color VEAP aims to: 

  • increase vaccination opportunities within BIPOC communities and enhance provider relationships with the communities they serve to boost vaccine confidence;  

  • equip influential and trusted messengers within the community to become ambassadors for COVID-19 and influenza vaccine information; and  

  • establish and/or build upon partnerships with state and local health departments to support vaccine access in both the short and long term  

VEAP has also partnered with three national non-profit organizations, LeadingAge, the Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition, and Young Invincibles, which will conduct vaccine confidence-building and vaccination access strategies focused on important segments of the targeted populations – older adults, young adults, and immigrant communities.  

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