Black Churches Fill a Unique Role in Combating Vaccine Fears

Black Churches Fill a Unique Role in Combating Vaccine Fears

Their credibility is especially crucial on matters of health, as the medical establishment works to overcome a legacy of experimentation and bias that makes some Black people distrustful of public health messages. Now that the vaccines are being distributed, public health advocates say churches are key to reaching Black citizens, especially older generations more vulnerable to severe COVID disease. Black churches have also suffered during the pandemic. The last time he saw such a broad coalition across Black churches, medical associations, schools and political groups was during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. “This is at an entirely different level, though, because we’ve had almost half a million die in a year,” McDougle said of the COVID pandemic.

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