COVID vaccine resources for older minorities in Tennessee
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
A new survey found 59% of Black and Hispanic adults reported they have already received the new COVID-19 vaccine or intend to do so.
According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there are more than 1.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.
Vickie Harris, founder and CEO of Community ConneXor in Nashville and director of Rooted Together Village, is working to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among vulnerable populations, especially older adults in the communities of Davidson County, who are mostly Black.
"We're bringing in experts from the community, including one of our partners, which is Meharry Medical College, to provide them with that understanding that information about how vaccines are developed," Harris explained. "And then they are educating them on why they are important to the older adults."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older should get an updated COVID-19 vaccine.
Harris added they understand cost maybe a barrier for many people but for most seniors and people with disabilities in the Nashville area, the COVID-19 vaccine is free.
Harris recommended Tennesseans visit a federally qualified community health center or their county public health department for a COVID-19 vaccine. Or, she added, people can look online for more information.
"I would suggest for older adults to go to one or two sites. One is the National Council On Aging, which is ncoa.org or to Vaccines.gov, which has a comprehensive up-to-date listing of our vaccine sites."
The Tennessee Department of Health recommends people contact their provider, pharmacy or local health department to get vaccination information, resources and to schedule an appointment.
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