The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated many marginalized communities across the country. Many cities are beginning to vaccinate their most vulnerable populations. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that only 12% of the black city's residents have received the COVID-19 vaccinations, compared with 43% of white residents. As a result, the city has made efforts to provide more vaccinations for colored residents of the city. Recently, a group of black doctors has stepped up to provide vaccinations in their communities.
The Black Doctors Consortium announced that it has launched an initiative to attract more black residents in the city to the novel coronavirus vaccine. Dr. The group's founder, Ala Stanford, shared on social media the importance of this move and the importance of ensuring blacks can get this vaccine for their safety during this public health crisis.
According to WHY PBS Radio, the city government has announced that it is entering Phase 1B of vaccine distribution for first responders, grocers, education providers and others who work with high-risk groups in addition to key workers.
“I understand the hesitation. I understand the atrocities blacks experienced before and today. Please do not let things of the past and present prevent you from protecting yourself and those you love. There aren't enough vaccines to get around and if it's gone it's gone until it's restored, ”Stanford said in a video on the group's Instagram page.
"If you're not sure, fill out the form. … And if you know you don't want it, complete it anyway and let's keep talking, because we are breaking records in the number of diseases and every day Deaths and statistically with those where we will continue to die a greater rate are blacks. "
Residents can use this Google form to sign up to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.