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Addressing Influenza and COVID-19 Immunization Health Inequities

Originally presented on November 15, 2021

Rachael N. Reed, DrPH, MPH
Chair/Assistant Professor
School of Health and Wellness
Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

Sarah Hershey, RN, BSN
Adult and Adolescent Immunization Coordinator
New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Immunization

Influenza immunization rates have historically been well below Healthy People 2020 goals. COVID-19 vaccine coverage rates have reached historical highs compared with other adult immunizations, however, vaccine coverage rates still need to increase to help better control the spread of COVID. Inequities persist in both influenza and COVID-19 vaccination rates across different population groups. Providers require the most current information available on these inequities, and the social determinants of health that cause them. This webcast will review inequities in influenza and COVID-19 immunizations and how providers and public health advocates can address these inequities in their practices and programs.

Learning Outcome
As a result of attending this training learners will expand their knowledge and competence on health inequities in influenza and COVID-19 immunization coverage and how to address these inequities in their practices.

Learning Objectives
After viewing the webcast, participants will be able to:

  • Define the term health inequities;
  • Describe examples of health inequities in influenza and COVID-19 immunizations;
  • Describe the current status of influenza and COVID-19 immunizations in New York State; and
  • Recognize strategies to address/reduce health inequities in influenza and COVID-19 immunizations.

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, community health workers and certified public health workers.

Continuing Education Credits expired for this activity on November 30, 2022. We encourage you to fill out the evaluation as your responses help us to plan future programs.