Tegan and Sara Address LGBTQ+ Perspectives on Vaccine Rollouts with Healthcare Survey
"Most studies aren't asking queer people the questions that we need to get better care"
Published Mar 31, 2021Tegan and Sara are launching of survey exploring how LGBTQ+ people are responding the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. They launched the survey through the Tegan and Sara Foundation, an organization that aims to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ women and girls.
A press release notes that, while initial research suggests that LGBTQ+ might be more hesitant to receive the vaccine than people who are straight and cisgender, there has been a lack of LGBTQ+ representation in recent healthcare discussions surrounding COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout.
Tegan and Sara said this in a statement:
We're passionate about healthcare access for LGBTQ+ people, and always have been. As advocates, we have focused on healthcare because we see how access to quality and affirming care affects our community. Most studies aren't asking queer people the questions that we need to get better care.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be one of the biggest healthcare crises in history. During this crucial time, we want to make sure the concerns of the LGBTQ+ community are heard — as we know they too rarely are. This survey is one of our efforts to give voice to queer people who are too often left out. The survey also includes the ability for people to share with us what has helped them to cope during this pandemic and where they get trusted health information.
The survey is for LGBTQ+ people living in the U.S. and Canada and focuses on attitudes towards the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. It's available here.