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Baltimore faith-based leaders to discuss equity in COVID-19 vaccinations

Posted at 7:55 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 10:01:00-05

BALTIMORE — More than a dozen faith-based leaders in Baltimore will be holding a news conference next Tuesday to call for more COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites within the City and to also make sure that residents have the access and resources that they need to get vaccinated.

Equity in distributing the vaccine has been a focal point in the effort to get as many people vaccinated as possible and several of the leaders who will be at this news conference attended a virtual meeting with Dr. Anthony Fauci last month to talk about what the faith community can do to encourage and help people get vaccinated.

During a meeting last night of the Senate Vaccine Oversight Workgroup, new data showed that, even though black people make up 35 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Maryland, so far, only 15 percent have received a vaccine. Only four percent of the Hispanic and Latino population have gotten a shot.

The Acting Health Secretary Dennis Schrader says they’re working to do more outreach clinics, like the one they did last week at a church in Prince George’s County. Schrader also says that he believes events like that will be critical in getting the vaccine to harder-to-reach populations.

That news conference with faith leaders from around the city is set to take place on February 23 at 9:30 a.m.