Faith in God. Faith in Medicine. Faith in each other.
The past year has been a journey for everyone but we are finally drawing closer to a conclusion of sorts. The vaccines are now widely available in Alabama to anyone over the age of 16 and more pharmacies and clinics are accepting appointments, but still there are those among us who do not trust the vaccine development process and are hesitant to get the shot, and frankly, we don’t blame them.
There are a lot of reasons for Black communities to have mistrust in public systems, especially the healthcare system. Even though there has been a worldwide push to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, there are many who seek first the guidance of their church leadership or local elected officials before taking a risk.
Our partner, Clergy United, wanted to give these local leaders an opportunity to have their voices heard so they partnered with the Jefferson County Department of Health to document the vaccinations of several community leaders within the Birmingham area. The purpose of this project is to encourage members of Jefferson County, and the surrounding communities, to address their reservations about getting vaccinated and take comfort knowing that leaders in their communities are stepping up and getting vaccinated. Each of the leaders below has given us a brief interview on what the vaccine means to them, what their hesitations were when they first considered taking the vaccine, and why they ultimately decided it was in their best interest to get the shot.
We encourage you to share these videos with your friends, family, and neighbors to encourage them to get vaccinated as soon as they can. If you want to learn more about how you can stay healthy during this unhealthy time, we invite you to join the #NOWINCLUDED community where we provide updates on health-related news and offer tips for minority communities on staying healthy.