VA: Information on COVID-19 Trials & Impact on Minority Populations

Today, the VA’s Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiative (CFOI) released the following information on COVID-19. The VA CFOI’s mission is to engage, educate, and inform faith-based, community, and non-profit organizations about VA tools and resources that will equip them to better serve Veterans, their families, survivors, caregivers, and other beneficiaries within their organizations.

VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans, their
families, health care providers, and staff in the face of this emerging health risk. VA is working
in close collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to provide COVID-19 vaccinations initially to front-line VA health care workers and Veterans residing in long-term care units in VA medical centers across the country. VA’s ultimate goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all eligible Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) fight against the COVID-19 pandemic its nationwide effort to recruit volunteers for COVID-19 clinical trials at select VA facilities across the country.

  • More than 50 VA Medical Centers are participating in trials to test vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.
  • Volunteering for our trials is a way people can help our country more quickly find vaccines and treatments to end the pandemic and get life back to normal.
  • VA’s volunteer list is open to Veterans and non-Veterans, 18 years old or older. Participation in any research study is strictly voluntary. Volunteers go through an informed-consent process that ensures they understand the risks and benefits to joining a study before they make the decision to participate.
  • Sign up for VA’s volunteer list and get more information about VA’s COVID-19 clinical trials and research studies.

Impact of COVID-19 on Minority Populations

  • Black, non-Hispanic people are 1.4 times more likely to test positive, 3.7 times more likely to be hospitalized and 2.8 times more likely to die.
  • Hispanics/Latinos nationwide are 1.7 times more likely to test positive for the virus than
    white, non-Hispanic people, 4.1 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 and 2.8 times more likely to die from it.
  • Non-Hispanic American Indians and Alaska Natives are 1.8 times more likely to test
    positive, 4 times more likely to be hospitalized and 2.6 times more likely to die.
  • Asian, non-Hispanic people are less likely to test positive than whites, but 1.2 times more
    likely to be hospitalized and 1.1 times more likely to die.

Where to get Additional Information

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