Home Health & Education COVID vaccine resources for older minorities in Tennessee

COVID vaccine resources for older minorities in Tennessee

by PRIDE Newsdesk
The latest KFF survey reveals one in six respondents say they can’t afford to take time off work to get a COVID-19 vaccine, including more than one-third of Hispanic adults and one-in-five Black adults (photo: Lakshmiprasad/Adobe Stock).

by Danielle Smith

A new survey found 59% of Black and Hispanic adults reported they have already received the new COVID-19 vaccine or intend to do so.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there are more than 1.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Vickie Harris, founder/CEO of Community Connector in Nashville and director of Rooted Together Village, is working to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among vulnerable populations, especially older adults in the communities of Davidson County, who are mostly Black.

“We’re bringing in experts from the community, including one of our partners, which is Meharry Medical College, to provide them with that understanding that information about how vaccines are developed,” Harris said. “And then they are educating them on why they are important to the older adults.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months and older should get an updated COVID-19 vaccine.

Harris added they understand cost may be a barrier for many people but for most seniors and people with disabilities in the Nashville area, the COVID-19 vaccine is free.

Harris recommended Tennesseans visit a federally qualified community health center or their county public health department for a COVID-19 vaccine. She also said people can look online for more information.

“I would suggest for older adults to go to one or two sites. One is the National Council On Aging, which is <ncoa.org> or to <Vaccines.gov>, which has a comprehensive up-to-date listing of our vaccine sites.”

The Tennessee Department of Health recommends people contact their provider, pharmacy or local health department to get vaccination information, resources and to schedule an appointment.

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