Source: Muncie Journal
So I did a thing.
I got the COVID-19 vaccine dose #1. Me. Well educated, informed, afraid, and adamant that I would not.
It took me a minute. Black and Brown folks distrust of the vaccination is fueled by a history of mistrust. BIPOC have legitimate reasons. Disparities in treatment received in the healthcare system, systemic racism, actions and experiments used to deceive us (Tuskegee), the “quick” production of the vaccine, a pandemic that sees us disproportionally affected, the horrible summer we endured surrounding the murdering of our people, and the civil unrest. Not to mention a contentious presidential election.
But after attending educational sessions, multiple conversations with IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital President, Jeff Bird, Open Door Health Services CEO, Bryan Ayars, and the Indiana Minority Health Coalition… I did it.