It’s hard to believe, but April is almost here, and April is National Minority Health Month. This year, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is focusing on the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

National Minority Health Month highlights the need for these vulnerable communities to get vaccinated as more vaccines become available.

This year’s theme for National Minority Health Month is #VaccineReady. The focus will be to empower communities to:
• Get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines.
• Share accurate vaccine information.
• Get vaccinated when the time comes.
• Practice COVID-19 safety measures.

Until more individuals in the community are vaccinated there are steps individuals can take to protect themselves and to protect their health.

Be sure to:

• Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you.
• Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.