COVID-19 and the LGBTQ Community: Vaccinations and the Economic Toll of the Pandemic

As the vaccine rollout in the United States ramps up, it has become clear that there are disparities in comfort with the vaccines and a need for community outreach and education. New data analysis from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and PSB Insights looks at the LGBTQ community’s sentiments about the vaccine and more recent data on the economic toll that the pandemic is taking on the LGBTQ community.

This new analysis of survey data on 22,000 adults in the United States details how many LGBTQ people living at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities may be less likely to say they want to get vaccinated. Furthermore, the LGBTQ community holds a diverse array of concerns about the vaccine, ranging from concerns about side effects to perceived costs of obtaining the vaccine.

The analysis also builds on past HRC Foundation and PSB research on the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on LGBTQ people. First, the brief shows how unemployment has significantly increased for LGBTQ adults and LGBTQ adults of color. Second, it shows that LGBTQ adults continue to face heightened economic consequences of the pandemic compared to the general adult population.

We were joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, HRC President Alphonso David and other health care leaders for a live town hall event focused on keeping our community safe, the vaccines and getting to the other side of the pandemic.

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COVID-19 and the LGBTQ Community: Vaccinations and the Economic Toll of the Pandemic

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42% of LGBTQ adults say they are very likely to get vaccinated
29% of Black LGBTQ adults say they are very likely to get vaccinated
38% of bisexual adults and 32% of bisexual women say they are very likely to get vaccinated