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High response among Dominican Americans to Covid-19 measures

High response among Dominican Americans to Covid-19 measures

One of the country’s largest and growing Latino communities has responded well to Covid-19 measures, according to a new report.

US-born Dominicans and Dominican immigrants were highly compliant with vaccination and other public health recommendations related to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study from the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute of the City College of New York and the CUNY School of Medicine, published Wednesday.

Surveyed researchers nearly 800 people of Dominican descent resides in seven states: New York, New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. 85 percent of the country’s Dominican population lives in these states. The survey was conducted between October 5 and November 11.

Overall, the study found that most Dominicans have a positive attitude toward the immunization process and Covid-19 safety measures, as well as respect for the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A woman receives a Covid-19 vaccination in Paterson, NJ. Dominicans account for more than a third of the city’s Hispanic population. NBC 4

More than two-thirds of survey respondents (77. 3 percent) reported having received at least one dose of the vaccine.

In addition, 79 percent of Dominicans surveyed in the survey reported wearing masks “always or almost always” in indoor public areas, as recommended by the CDC.

Only 7 percent of respondents reported that they were hesitant to get the vaccine, and an even smaller percentage of Dominicans surveyed (4.2 percent) said they would not get vaccinated because they didn’t think it would help end the pandemic. to end.

Of those who received the vaccine, 75 percent cited a desire to protect themselves from the virus as the main reason for getting vaccinated, the study said. Social responsibility, or the desire to protect others, was cited by 21 percent as the top reason for getting vaccinated.

Nearly 3 percent of vaccinated respondents surveyed reported getting their Covid-19 shot because they felt pressured.

Dominicans are the fourth largest Hispanic group in the US, growing 33 percent over the past decade, according to a report of the Institute for Migration Policy.

In the heavily Latino and multicultural city of Paterson, New Jersey, 100 percent of eligible adults have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. According to Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh, about 107,000 adults in the city have received their injections. That number does not take into account undocumented migrants.

Paterson, New Jersey’s third-largest city, is 61 percent Latino. According to census figures, Dominicans make up 34 percent of Paterson’s Hispanic population.

dr. Ramona Hern├índez, director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute and co-author of the study, emphasized that their research is “an integral part of understanding the likelihood of compliance by a significant minority group.”

“It provides insight into how Dominicans, one of the largest and fastest-growing Latino subgroups in the US, have responded to guidelines in place to address the virus,” Hern├índez said in a statement.

She said this comes “at a time when the scientific community is determining how often people should vaccinate in the future to undermine the harmful effects of Covid-19.”

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