Medical and faith leaders work together to clarify vaccine information for underserved communities

Written by on January 22, 2021

 Medical and faith leaders work together to clarify vaccine information for underserved communities

By Brittany Sweeney

January 22, 2021

A member of the medical staff prepares a dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, also know as CoronaVac, during a mass vaccination program at Skanderbeg Square in Tirana, Albania, Thursday, April 15, 2021. Albania has made virus slabs to almost 300,000 people, starting with the medical personnel, eldest people and schoolteachers to achieve a mass inoculation campaign ahead of the summer tourism season. (AP Photo)

Research shows that minority communities are suffering the most during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Religious leaders around the Lehigh Valley are working with the medical community to ensure minorities and low income families have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Rev. Larry Pickens of Allentown was recently elected executive director of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches.

Black and brown people have some real problems, historically, with some of the issues around vaccines and the use of them in their communities. So I think beginning to deal with that, talk about that, and educate is an important element that I believe faith communities can play in that regard,” Pickens says, “All of the groups that connect with various constituencies really have an opportunity to gather people together and to begin communicating

Dr. Timothy Friel from Lehigh Valley Health Network says neighborhood leaders are helping medical professionals to communicate accurate information.

“When you get vaccinated, you’re not only protecting you, you’re protecting your brother, your sister, your community members, those you love and care about, it’s the same thing we do when we wear a mask,“ Friel says. 

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