(BPRW) Walgreens and Faith for Black Lives Launch 10-State Effort Aimed at Vaccinating the Nation’s Youth
Campaign casts church buildings as conduits for encouraging COVID-19 vaccination for youngsters and households and combatting vaccine hesitancy amongst younger adults
(Black PR Wire) DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– With the combat towards COVID-19 removed from over, Walgreens and Harlem New York-based initiative for civic engagement, Faith for Black Lives, have come collectively to name upon church buildings to be neighborhood bullhorns for combatting persistent vaccine hesitancy and to drive the significance of COVID vaccination for youngsters and younger adults. ‘Shots for Tots’ combines Walgreens on-site vaccination clinics and vaccine literacy with applications occurring at taking part church buildings. The effort kicks-off Dec. 18 and will proceed in the coming weeks, with clinics to be held throughout 10 states.
“We are grateful to Walgreens for the opportunity to expand access to COVID-19 vaccinations for children and families throughout the nation by hosting community-based vaccination clinics with our partnering faith communities,” stated Rev. Stephen A. Green, founder, Faith for Black Lives, and senior pastor, St. Luke AME Church, in the village of Harlem, New York. “This campaign, launching this Holiday season, will continue throughout the upcoming year to increase vaccinations among young people and communities of color.”
Green says the combat towards the COVID-19 pandemic has been a centerpiece problem for activism in church buildings, particularly in underserved rural and city communities the place vaccine charges are low and vaccine hesitancy is usually excessive. According to latest knowledge from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1, uptake of COVID vaccination stays lowest amongst Black Americans, in comparison with Whites and Hispanics, giant partly as a consequence of misinformation about the results of COVID vaccines.
The Walgreens and Faith for Black Lives Shots for Tots effort focuses on tackling hesitancy all whereas encouraging households to hunt major vaccinations for grownup members of the family and eligible youngsters, in addition to booster doses for eligible adults and teenagers, at their nearest Walgreens. And, simply in time for the holidays, lots of this weekend’s clinics may even embrace toy drives for households in want this winter season.
“Churches, organizations like Faith for Black Lives and leaders like Rev. Green are vitally important to helping ensure the vaccine reaches under-represented and often hard-to-reach populations,” stated Carlos Cubia, SVP and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Walgreens is grateful for their partnership, as we know that our success reaching patients in medically underserved areas is reliant upon the trusted role of faith leaders and communities.”
Churches interested by taking part can go to faithforblacklives.com for extra data. To schedule a Walgreens vaccination appointment, people are extremely inspired to make use of the Walgreens app or to go to Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine to safe an appointment upfront. When scheduling, people will likely be requested to confirm eligibility and, if relevant (for second appointments and/or booster doses), they’ll be requested to supply the producer and date of their final COVID-19 vaccine. For extra data, go to Walgreens.com/covidvaccine.
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is included in the United States section of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), an built-in pharmacy, healthcare and retail chief serving thousands and thousands of consumers and sufferers each day, with a 170-year heritage of caring for communities. As America’s most cherished pharmacy, well being and magnificence firm, Walgreens goal is to champion the well being and well-being of each neighborhood in America. Operating practically 9,000 retail places throughout America, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Walgreens is proud to be a neighborhood well being vacation spot serving roughly 9 million clients every day. Walgreens pharmacists play a essential position in the U.S. healthcare system by offering a variety of pharmacy and healthcare companies. To greatest meet the wants of consumers and sufferers, Walgreens provides a real omnichannel expertise, with totally built-in bodily and digital platforms, supported by the newest expertise to ship high-quality merchandise and companies in native communities nationwide.
About Faith for Black Lives
Faith for Black Lives is a coalition of religion leaders dedicated to constructing beloved communities via radical love in motion. Our mission is to advance an affirmative imaginative and prescient for systemic equality via grassroots organizing, management convenings, and issue-based advocacy.
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