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WUSF's Unequal Shots Series Focuses On Inequities In Vaccine Access And Information

JoOni Jones stands at a table at Oneco Elementary and helps a child pick out a coloring book
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JoOni Jones works with the Multicultural Health Institute in Sarasota and Manatee counties. She helps families with anything she can, from putting food on the table to signing up for COVID vaccines.

Our reporters Kerry Sheridan and Stephanie Colombini spent several months listening to groups invested in the health of communities of color.

On this week’s Florida Matters, we look at a new WUSF series called Unequal Shots.

Late last year, WUSF began reporting on how distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine exposes inequities in Florida's health care system.

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Our reporters Kerry Sheridan and Stephanie Colombini and editor Julio Ochoa spent several months listening to groups invested in the health of communities of color. The goal was to give them a chance to share how they’ve been affected by Florida's handling of the pandemic.

They also looked at ways these communities are closing the gap.

The state reports 49% of white Floridians are vaccinated, compared with 31% of Black people. Rates for Hispanic Floridians lagged behind, but have now caught up.

In this episode, host Bradley George talks with Colombini and Sheridan about the project.

To read their stories on community efforts to vaccinate as many Black and Hispanic Floridians as possible, click here.

You can listen to Bradley’s full conversation with Sheridan and Colombini by clicking on the “Listen” button. Or you can listen to the WUSF app under “Programs & Podcasts.”

I was born and raised in North Carolina, but my career in public radio has taken me all over the Southeast: Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham. Along the way, I’ve reported for NPR, Here and Now, BBC, and The Takeaway. I’ve also done quite a few stories for Marketplace.