According to Statistics Canada, “Black people in particular have been far more likely to succumb to the virus than members of other groups.” Furthermore, according to a report by the Public Health Agency of Canada, “Vaccine Hesitancy is highest amongst the Black population” with only 34% of Black Canadians stating they would be willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine, in November 2020.
The Black Health and Vaccine Initiative aims to provide a holistic community approach to building vaccine confidence and increasing vaccine uptake. To achieve this, the BPAO will: (1) advocate (2) educate, and (3) vaccinate. Each of these activities will be executed in collaboration with hospitals, community health centres, local public health units, and government agencies.
 Public Health Agency of Canada. Building COVID-19 vaccine confidence in Canadians: local medical officers [unpublished report]. Virtual presentation given 2020 Dec 18.
Prioritize Black Communities:
- Testing, Vaccines & Recovery
- Recognition of impact of ABR and collection of race-based data