EAU CLAIRE — Mirroring the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on people of color in Eau Claire County, as of May, people of color are less likely to have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine than white people throughout the Chippewa Valley.

Experts say language barriers, mistrust of the health care system and a lack of transportation and internet access is holding racial and ethnic minority communities back from accessing the vaccine at greater levels.

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Sarah Seifert is the L-T's education and health reporter. She has worked as a journalist in the Chippewa Valley since 2017 and joined the L-T in 2019. Get in touch at sarah.seifert@ecpc.com or on Twitter @sarahaseifert.