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Since 2020, a global pandemic has kept us on an intense journey, as we searched to find a new normal. Now there seems to be a ray of hope in the form a vaccine designed to provide a layer of protection in the face of COVID-19. These vaccines are available throughout the state of Alabama to anyone 12 years and up, with more pharmacies and clinics accepting appointments. However, there are still many of us who do not trust the vaccine development process and are hesitant to get the shot.
And we understand.
The majority of the Black community has tremendous mistrust towards our healthcare system. Despite a worldwide push to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, there are a significant amount of African-Americans who rely on the guidance of faith leaders and / or local elected officials, before taking a risk.
Our partner, Clergy United, wanted to give these leaders an opportunity to have their voices heard. They have partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Alabama CEAL , and the Jefferson County Department of Health to document the vaccination journey of several community leaders within the Birmingham area. The purpose of Clergy United is to encourage Jefferson County residents, and the surrounding communities, to share their concerns about getting vaccinated. They also want to provide residents with the comfort of knowing that their leaders “practice what they preach” by stepping up and getting vaccinated.
These leaders (pictured below) have shared their story on what the vaccine means to them, their initial hesitations, and why they ultimately decided it was in their best interest to get vaccinated.
We encourage you to share these videos with your family and friends and let them know how important it is for them to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, you can learn how to stay healthy and thrive by joining the #NOWINCLUDED community! This is your opportunity to get updated, health-focused news plus tips on how you, and the Black community, can live their best life during the pandemic and long after it has gone away.