Lower the vaccination age for Black Americans

BY ONI BLACKSTOCK AND UCHÉ BLACKSTOCK Oni Blackstock is a primary care and HIV physician, and founder and executive director of Health Justice. Uché Blackstock is an emergency physician, and founder and chief executive of Advancing Health Equity.

In the 1970s, epidemiologist Sherman James described the phenomenon of “John Henryism,” whereby Black Americans must invest immense effort to cope with the chronic stress of racism, leading to poor health and early death. That’s still the case today,...

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