Having faith in God, medicine, and each other.

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. 

 

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I chose to get
vaccinated...

...for my family and congregation
Hear My Story

Pisani Baldwin-Standfield

Abundant Harvest Church

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...people close to me, my mom, and college teammates got the vaccine and did well, so I decided to give it a try.
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Thomas Beavers

The Star Church

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...because it is necessary to prevent COVID from getting worse.
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Jay Bryant

610AM WAGG Heaven

I chose to get
vaccinated...

... because I wanted to set an example to the Black and Brown individuals in my community to inspire them not to be afraid to get vaccinated.
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Clinton Carr Jr.

Zion Temple Church

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...because of the information shared by experts in the medical field. I know that COVID will kill but the vaccine gives me a chance.
Hear My Story

John Dansby

New Creation Christian Fellowship

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...not only to protect myself but to protect the public!
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Kimberly Garfield-Kelly

Dr. K Show Podcast

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...because I understand the importance of getting it.
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Joseph Hamilton

Zion Church

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...I wanted to be a part of the solution to this global problem.
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Lee A. Henderson

Tabernacle of Praise Ministries

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...for safety.
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Jim Lowe

Guiding Light Church

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...because I want my family and me to be safe. It's a defense for myself and others.
Hear My Story

Mark Pettaway

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...because I wanted to protect my family and others in the community.
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Donald Richardson

Birmingham Fire & Rescue

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...for my protection and that of my family, church family, and community. My passion is serving and this is an additional measure to ensure I am safe in doing so.
Hear My Story

Noah Rocker

Fountain of Life Ministries

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...to protect myself and others.
Hear My Story

Lawana Rooks

Tittusville A.O.H. Church of God

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...because this is the way to a normal life.
Hear My Story

Robert Sellers Sr.

Friendship Baptist Church Homewood

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...to protect myself and others.
Hear My Story

Patrick Smith

Birmingham Police Department

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...for myself, my family, and my friends.
Hear My Story

Andra Sparks

Forty-fifth Street Baptist Church

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...after I prayed and seeked an answer from God.
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Barbara Stewart

Zion Star A.O.H. Church of God

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...for the sake of life's preservation and for my family and those I meet. I want to be an example for people.
Hear My Story

Leo Taylor Jr.

610AM WAGG

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...to save lives. Be the example you expect.
Hear My Story

Joseph Kenneth Turnes Sr.

Tittusville A.O.H. Church of God

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...because I have done too many funerals from COVID related deaths.
Hear My Story

Michael Wesley Sr.

Abundant Harvest Church

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...because it gives me confidence that I am doing my part to help others be safe.
Hear My Story

Charles Winston Jr.

New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...because I felt it was important to do for my family and community.
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Clinton Woods

Christ Church

I chose to get
vaccinated...

...to become part of the solution and not part of the problem.
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Peter Wren Sr.

East Birmingham Church of God in Christ