Local religious leaders pushing for vaccine clinics in underrepresented Big Bend communities

Published: Feb. 3, 2021 at 6:53 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Local religious leaders are looking to create ‘satellite’ vaccine clinics in Big Bend communities.

This is part of a larger effort to vaccinate more Floridians in minority groups.

This week’s numbers from the Florida Department of Health show that only about five percent of the total number of vaccinated Floridians are black.

Statewide church leaders say one of the reasons why is a lack of access and a lack of trust in the venue.

The statewide coronavirus vaccination task force is proposing 86 ‘satellite’ sites across the state that includes 13 here in the Big Bend.

Many of them are black churches that are located in underrepresented communities.

The group is planning to send the proposal to the federal government to help supply the vaccines, which they say is the only way to get more minorities vaccinated.

Dr. R.B. Holmes of Beth Missionary Baptist Church says, " We all understand that these numbers are unacceptable, and if we don’t do better, at the end of the day, those numbers will continue to be miserable.”

Holmes helped kickstart the statewide task force.

His church held a vaccine clinic last month, similar to what they’re proposing statewide.

There are 13 churches across the Big Bend that are suggested, four of which are here in tallahassee, and Beth Missionary Baptist Church is one of them.

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