Faith Communities and the COVID Vaccines

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH explains how faith communities can help educate their communities about the COVID vaccines.

 

When you think about how the church can move mountains and engage communities, that should never be dismissed. Certainly not in the Black community. When you look at the very strong, rich history that the Black churches have had over time.

And when my pastor, Reverend Alexander, called me last week, we actually have a COVID committee where we are trying to decide and understand and determine how we’re going to communicate with our church members, right? Cause that’s where people go. They trust the church. And that means we have a responsibility to know the science and know the data and translate that clarity to the community.

But I share it because I know everyone has their own journey. Everyone has their own walk and the more that we can have these sorts of conversations and hear from people what their concerns are and invite it – don’t shame people – invite people to have these discussions. I think we would move ourselves much further downstream than we are today.

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