Over 2 million Covid-19 vaccinations are now administered in the U.S. every day. Unfortunately, studies suggest that residents with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) remain vastly underserved by local governments and health organizations.
This is where retail pharmacies, clinics and other vaccination administrators can make a major impact in 2021.
By providing digital and in-store information in patients’ preferred languages, retailers can accelerate vaccinations and create positive, longstanding patient relationships.
The Need is Real, and Now
Drugstores and clinics are uniquely positioned to leverage translation to effectively vaccinate LEP patients—and create loyal customers along the way. Language plays a major role in the vaccination gap between English-fluent and LEP residents.
Localizing key content such as websites and patient portals, online scheduling tools, SMS and email content and more can help eliminate these obstacles. Here’s why:
- Consistently decrease access to primary and preventive care (such as vaccinations)
- Impair patient comprehension
- Decrease patient adherence
- Diminish patient satisfaction
Inability to Read = Reduced Health Quality
Nearly half of U.S. residents with LEP report low health literacy, compared to 14% of English speakers. The most impacted LEP populations include:
- Chinese: 68.3%
- Latinos: 45.3%
- Koreans: 35.6%
- Vietnamese: 29.7%
Health literacy is the ability to to engage in complex disease management and self-care.
10% of Whites vs. 3% of Hispanics
As of mid-February 2021, Whites were over three times more likely to have been vaccinated than Hispanics.
Native-Language Content is Key
- 39% of consumers prefer to buy from websites in their native languages
- Among LEP patients, this increases to 67%
Pharmacies & Clinics Win with Translation
Translated Content Saves Lives
When LEP patients use translated websites or online portals to manage prescriptions:
- Prescription adherence significantly improves
- Healthcare disparities decrease
Translated Content Improves Patient/Pharmacy Relationships
When pharmacies offer in-language experiences, LEP patients report:
- Overall satisfaction with their pharmacies’ communication skills
- Satisfaction with the pharmacies’ cultural sensitivity
- This cultural rapport was important to LEP patients
Translated Content Gives a Competitive Edge
Given the choice between buying similar products from two companies:
- 76% of consumers will choose the one with information in their preferred language
- For those with the lowest English fluency, this preference rises to 89%
Seventy-five percent reward brands with repeat purchases if customer care is in their languages.
Forty percent of LEP consumers never buy from websites that aren’t in their preferred languages.
Close-Up: Healthcare & U.S. Hispanics
- 18%: Percentage of U.S. population that is Hispanic
- 75%: Percentage of Hispanics who speak Spanish at home
- $1.3 trillion: Buying power of Hispanics
- $10 billion: Amount Hispanics spend on health, wellness, prescription drugs and over-the-counter products
- 80%: Percentage of Spanish-dominant speakers who seek Spanish content online
- 62%: Bilinguals who seek Spanish content at least half the time they’re online
(You can learn more about Hispanics and healthcare in this infographic.)
Need for Translated Content is Rising
Post-pandemic preference for translated content is accelerating due to digital transformation, and the move of consumers to digital channels.
Long-Term Benefits of Translation
B2C companies that deliver top-notch translated digital experiences will build strong brand loyalty, and emerge stronger, post Covid-19.
This is a real, history-defining opportunity for your company to create loyal customers among LEP patients by translating its online vaccine information and scheduling tools.
Contact us if you’d like to learn how we can help your organization translate its content digital and in-store content for these residents.Last updated on March 08, 2021