William Brangham spoke with local public media reporters in Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee about the challenges for vaccine rollouts in their regions. Sebastián Martínez Valdivia of KBIA in Columbia said that despite the large Latinx immigrant population in Missouri, the state has not coordinated an effort to ensure those residents have access to COVID vaccines. Language and literacy barriers may prevent people in that demographic from accessing key information about the shots, he said, compounded by a potential lack of trust in those who are delivering that information. Martínez Valdivia added that grassroots organizations and unions are working to fill those gaps in the absence of state-led support.
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