NCPD Article

COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy Among Marginalized Communities: Oncology Nurse Clinicians’ Role in Fostering Community Engagement

Ijeoma Julie Eche-Ugwu

Nadia Alcindor

COVID-19, vaccination, racial and ethnic minority groups, marginalized groups
CJON 2024, 28(1), 107-111. DOI: 10.1188/24.CJON.107-111

In the United States, historically marginalized groups carry higher burdens of chronic disease like cancer and shoulder disproportionate mortality and morbidity from COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination is associated with fewer COVID-19 cases, deaths, and complications; however, uptake is low among marginalized groups. Oncology nurses are well positioned to form close connections with marginalized communities to improve vaccination uptake, particularly for those affected by cancer. This article offers recommendations to promote engagement among these groups to improve COVID-19 vaccination uptake.


  • People with cancer have an increased risk of infection from the COVID-19 virus.
  • Historically marginalized communities experience higher burden of infections and complications from COVID-19 and are less likely to receive COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Oncology nurses are well positioned to foster trust and authentic partnerships to reduce vaccination hesitancy in marginalized communities.
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