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Vaccinations for the Black Communities

This week Governor Cuomo announced the opening of the Medgar Evers College Vaccination Center in Brooklyn.  It is a joint project of the Federal and State governments in order to increase the number of people of color who will be vaccinated.  They have the highest death rates from Covid-19 and a much lower number of people being vaccinated. 

Many zip codes are being targeted for the program and there will be door to door visits to help people understand the importance of vaccination and the efficacy and safety of the vaccines.  Black churches will set up phone banks to announce the program and encourage participation.  People from those zip codes will be allowed to go to the Vaccination Center to register in case they either don't have computer access or skills.  They can make an appointment in person and then return for their vaccinations when scheduled.   In addition special city MTA bus routes will be set up in these zip code areas for transportation to the College.  This is an ambitious program and I hope that it accomplishes its goal.   After several weeks other residents of Brooklyn can schedule vaccinations at the college. 

For more information:  https://www.bkreader.com/2021/02/22/medgar-evers-college-vaccination-center-to-open-wednesday-heres-how-to-get-an-appointment/        And See Below

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Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, a young black woman scientist at NIH, had a major role in developing the Moderna vaccine.  For several years she was working on coronaviruses in the Vaccine Program, in NIAID, the Institute directed by Dr. Fauci.  When China published the genome for SARS-CoV-2, she already had published work on these viruses.  She then had a major role in developing the mRNA for the spike protein that was used to make the vaccine.  She also played a role in the Phase 1, 2, and 3 clinical trials.  But the current press release I read was about her new "job."  She is now spending lots of time speaking to black communities in order to be able to educate them, answer questions, and develop the trust that is necessary for them to be vaccinated.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00338-y 

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