As Kansas opens up COVID vaccinations to everyone 18 and older, two trusted community
health centers are teaming up to make sure communities of color in Wichita have equal access to shots.
GraceMed and HealthCore have found common cause in the effort to health centers nationwide who were authorized by the federal government as vaccination sites.
“We worked together with HealthCore to ensure they were able to provide vaccinations as well,” Lee noted. “But it wasn’t very long at all before they also received authorizations that have built strong relationships of trust with minority populations, so we’re hopeful that will make a difference as we go out and recruit arms to inoculate.”
We’re both moving forward with multimedia messages that not only say we’re here and ready to vaccinate, but that you can trust us when we say this shot is sav about the vaccines.
“Both of our organizations have known for some time that there would be a reluctance to accept the vaccine once it was available,” said GraceMed CEO, Venus Lee. “Our initial focus was on testing, but now that the vaccine is available, it’s time to get the word out that it’s available, safe and effective.”
GraceMed began vaccinating by appointment starting March 10, working under state guidelines as part of a group of 250 community health centers nationwide who were authorized by the federal government as vaccination sites underserved, and that gives everyone involved a common bond in a crisis like this.”
The priority now for GraceMed and HealthCore is to wage a public information campaign to help the public make a well-informed decision to get the shot.
“We’re both moving forward with multimedia messages that not only say we’re here and ready to vaccinate, but that you can trust us when we say this shot is saving lives,” Lee explained.
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