The Department of Health is working with churches across northern Omaha to fill the vaccine gap gap
OMAHA, Neb – In Omaha, blacks are the slowest to be vaccinated. In Douglas County, 51.2% of the white population is fully vaccinated compared with just 31.3% of blacks.
Black community leaders say that while distrust in the medical field has been somewhat hesitant, a lack of access to these differences has also contributed to these differences.
Pastor Selwyn Bachus of Salem Baptist Church says this is just a reflection of what has always been.
“The truth is that historically these differences have been systemic. Black and brown people have suffered worse than the white community for the past 200 years. This is just a reflection of what has always been and hopefully these things can start to change . It’s unfair, “said Bachus.
To address these loopholes, the Douglas County Health Department has partnered with various churches across northern Omaha to host vaccination clinics starting Saturday, May 15.
“We have a long-term relationship with some of them and this is becoming increasingly important. Over time there might be vaccine reluctance and some people in the community said churches were a good way to go. Many of those faith groups have ministries of health, so it was a natural thing to band together, “said Phil Rooney, resource specialist for the Douglas County Department of Health. “This is just building on established relationships and I think it will pay off in the future.”
Rooney says people are more willing to get the vaccine in places they already trust.
“We assume that people will feel more comfortable receiving it from a faith-based organization, from people they know, from people who look like them. We know this is very important if it’s a COVID-19 vaccine or other health care so we’re trying to get more African American doctors and nurses involved in this situation so people can get the vaccine from people they trust, “Rooney said.
Bachus is happy to use Salem Baptist to further help his church. He said their facilities are a great place to host a vaccination clinic.
“We had some questions and concerns because much of the access was not near our community in Northern Omaha, so we are privileged to have this event on our property for people to access very quickly and a great one Have event. ” Access. It won’t be that they have to travel all over the city and that access is extremely important, “said Bachus.
Vaccination clinics are held in these churches on the following days:
- Saturday, May 15: Morning Star Baptist 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 2019 Burdette Street
- Tuesday, May 18: Trinity Lutheran Church 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 6340 N. 30th Street
- Wednesday, May 19: Salem Baptist Church 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (transit) 3131 Lake Street
- Thursday, May 20: Pleasant Green Baptist Church 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 5555 Larimore Ave.
- Saturday, May 22: New Life Presbyterian Church 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4060 Pratt Street
Pfizer is given to make these clinics accessible to everyone aged 12 and over. You can register online and walk-ins are welcome.
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