Challenges facing Hub vaccine effort

Elected officials and public health experts were sharply critical of the Baker administration’s initial roll-out of vaccine sites last week, with none located in the Black community where people have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 in Boston. But skepticism among community members could be an even greater factor inhibiting the dose rollout.

At a Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) public virtual meeting on Jan. 20, the commission revealed the findings of its vaccine survey. In a survey of 145 respondents in Dorchester and Charlestown, 82.8% said they would take the vaccine, while 17.2% said they would not take it or are unsure. More than half of the respondents were white.

In a focus group of 78 Dorchester and Mattapan residents, 37% said they would not take the vaccine, and 16% said they were unsure. About 44% identified as Black or African American.

Though many said they would take

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