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How vaccination spiked in Philly’s Latino community

By July 29, 2021COVID-19

Hello, unrivaled readers of The Inquirer Morning Newsletter.

First: One of the pandemic’s hardest-hit groups is now leading the way in vaccinations citywide.

Then: Take a look inside Kathy Barnette’s hunt for election fraud and rise to a Republican contender for a U.S. Senate seat from Pennsylvania.

And: A new class of medical students begins studies during a pandemic.

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Vaccination rates among Philly’s Latino population have been rapidly improving, but outside the city limits the demographic’s rates drag.

In the last month, Latino residents receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine increased by 10 percentage points, which is the largest increase among the city’s racial or ethnic groups.

A health official credits consistent customized outreach by door-to-door canvassing and small mobile clinics as the key to breaking through to the city’s 241,000 Latino residents.

As of Friday, 62% of both Philly’s Latino and white populations have received at least one vaccine shot, compared with just three months ago, when Latino vaccination rates lagged by 15 percentage points behind white rates.

Jason Laughlin uncovers the city’s efforts to tailor outreach, debunk false information, and quell fears of deportation in order to boost vaccination among Latino residents.

Kathy Barnette’s quest to be the Republican candidate in the 2022 race for a U.S. Senate seat from Pennsylvania is a road paved with election denials.

Although Barnette says she accepts the defeat handed to her congressional campaign last November, she has been courting local and national figures spouting unfounded election claims, QAnon conspiracies, and far-right rhetoric.

In the most recent quarterly report of fund-raising for the state’s GOP contenders, Barnette has outdone the two most notable Republican candidates: Jeff Bartos and Sean Parnell.

Reporter Andrew Seidman retraces Kathy Barnette’s unorthodox entry into politics and rise in the GOP against the 2022 race for a Senate seat from Pennsylvania.

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Volunteers gathered in the heart of South Philly’s Southeast Asian community to help paint a street mural to make the intersection safer for pedestrians, especially for families with children who attend the Francis Scott Key School. Get to know the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition’s project to instill hope and better serve a diverse community.

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