In the spirit of the remarks quoted above, I won’t try to convince fellow Black Americans that they should get the COVID-19 vaccine, only share my thought process before I got the first of my two shots last week.
The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, adopted in 1975, mandates that all children have a right to appropriate and free public education services. Fourteen percent of public school enrollees (7.1 million children) receive special education services.1
A novel coronavirus presented and began infecting humans, leading to a worldwide pandemic starting in 2019. The virus caused a severe respiratory syndrome in those most notably affected. As such, it was named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes the coronavirus disease.
This study highlights the higher morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19 faced by AAs and further supports known health inequities manifested across underrepresented communities in the United States.
Health disparities are also present at baseline in rehabilitation care. For example, there are notable racial and ethnic disparities in pain management resulting in Black and Latinx patients being less likely to get analgesia for acute pain than Whites . Black and Latinx children requiring rehabilitation services following complex traumatic injuries were both less likely to be discharged to rehabilitation facilities and less likely to receive rehabilitation services after discharge from the acute care hospital