Vaccinations for POC
As the Director of Glaucoma Services and President of Advanced Eyecare of New York, Dr. Daniel LaRoche has joined the battle against vaccine hesitancy by educating his patients and others about vaccine misconceptions and emphasizing the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Studies show that Black, Hispanic and Native American people are about four times more likely to be hospitalized and nearly three times more likely to die of COVID-19 than white people. African Americans have nearly the lowest rates of vaccination among any ethnic group. According to recent studies, about 35 percent of Black Americans said they don’t plan to get the vaccine, citing fears about safety and concerns that the vaccinations are ineffective. LaRoche notes that many are getting misinformation and have based their decisions on not getting the vaccinations on untruths or unfounded fears and the medical community is seeing the heartbreaking result. In addition to getting vaccinated, Dr. LaRoche stresses the importance of keeping up with regular health care visits, including vision checks, to prevent blindness caused by glaucoma.
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