The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and The Undefeated have conducted a joint nationwide survey that explores the views and experiences of African Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the disproportionate impact of the virus on Black communities, 49 percent of African Americans say they will shun taking a vaccine even if scientists deem it safe and it is available for free to anyone who wants it.
From August 20 through September 14, the study polled 1,769 adults, including 777 African Americans. While half of African Americans said they would probably or definitely decline a coronavirus vaccine, two-thirds of white people said they would definitely or probably get vaccinated, as did 60 percent of Hispanic adults, by comparison.
In addition to exploring the effects of the coronavirus, The Undefeated/KFF poll is one of the most expansive studies in recent years on Black people’s attitudes and experiences with health care, and the findings reveal how the experiences of Black and white communities differ. A complete analytical report based on the full survey will be available Wednesday here. Key findings:
Distrust of the health care system:
Impact on Black households:
The Undefeated, ESPN’s content platform exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture, began reporting the survey results today at www.TheUndefeated.com, and will continue with daily pieces through Thursday, Oct. 15. Highlights:
Kevin Merida, Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, The Undefeated: “We are proud to partner with the Kaiser Family Foundation on this groundbreaking project that explores the views Black Americans have about the health care system and the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. This extraordinary survey and the accompanying reporting and essays are emblematic of The Undefeated’s commitment to delving into the most important issues facing Black communities.”
Drew Altman, President and Chief Executive Officer, KFF: “This joint survey and reporting project gives voice to widespread systemic health disparities affecting the Black community, and the findings about a coronavirus vaccine are a loud alarm bell about the need for a substantial and credible outreach effort when a vaccine is distributed if the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black Americans is to be slowed.”
The Undefeated is ESPN’s multiplatform content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture. The digital hub, TheUndefeated.com, which launched in May 2016, combines innovative long-form and short-form storytelling, investigation, original reporting and provocative commentary to enlighten and entertain African Americans, as well as sports fans seeking a deeper understanding of black athletes, culture and related issues.
In addition to its cutting-edge content, The Undefeated seeks to be a thought-leader on race, sports and culture in the country – convening insightful forums to discuss and debate topical issues affecting sports and race in America.