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How vaccination spiked in Philly’s Latino community | Morning Newsletter

And, studying medicine amid a pandemic.

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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.

  1. The Pew Research Center’s study offers detailed breakdown of COVID-19′s devastating impact on the Latino community nationwide.

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.

Reopening resources

  1. Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine booster to protect myself from delta and other variants?

  2. Track the latest data on COVID-19 cases in the region.

  3. Don’t ask for someone’s vaccination status, do this.

  4. Here’s what experts feel safe doing — and what they don’t.

  5. How to navigate fear about getting the coronavirus, even if you’re vaccinated.

What you need to know today

  1. A diverse group of new students at Thomas Jefferson University begins a medical school journey while experiencing a pandemic.

  2. Car dealers scramble to keep up with demand after an explosion in the used-vehicle market.

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“While Mayor Jim Kenney may not be willing to declare a state of emergency, it’s clear to anyone living in Philadelphia, and many outside of it, that we are already living in one,” write Adam Garber, executive director of CeaseFirePA, and Joel Wilson, president of 100 Black Men Philadelphia Chapter, pushing for officials to act now to combat gun violence.

  1. Columnist Jenice Armstrong implores personal responsibility and accountability as a proactive approach to curbing gun crimes.

  2. McGlinchey’s allowing of smoking is a misstep by the iconic bar in its reopening strategy, argues Ben Waxman, president and CEO of A. Waxman & Co.

What we're reading

  1. Does your water taste different? KYW Newsradio taps into the reason why the flavor of Southeastern Pennsylvania water has changed.

  2. The fastest-growing city in Pennsylvania is less than two hours away from Philly.

  3. Here’s a look inside the therapeutic universe featuring superheroes such as the Hulk that’s helping Lehigh Valley students cope with their emotions. The Morning Call reports.

  4. Vox breaks down what it takes to become an Olympic sport.

Your daily dose of | Community mural

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.