The Covid-19 vaccines have been a medical breakthrough in fighting the ongoing pandemic. The United States and other governments in the world are engaged in a massive effort to vaccinate populations against COVID-19.
We have been able to reach people of color with Covid 19 vaccinations. We have given over 1,000 vaccinations at our partner clinics.
On March 8th, 2021, National Institute of Health (NIH) Nursing Research director Shannon Zenk addressed the consequences of structural racism. He directed organizations to close the resulting disparities in healthcare. By partnering with Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD), the Wichita Black Nurses Association (WBNA) took up the challenge. They have been able to reach people of color with COVID 19 vaccines.
WBNA established free mobile vaccination clinics within black churches in Wichita, Kansas. The first of such clinics was St. James Missionary Baptist Church on 7th March. They have since opened other mobile vaccination sites at Tabernacle Bible Church, St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist, and St. Mark United Methodist. They intend to continue reaching people of color and minority communities with COVID 19 Vaccines, bridging the gap in healthcare disparities. The WNBA is on a mission to vaccinate thousands in the black and brown community of Wichita, KS, and are already on path as they approach the one thousand mark. In addition to SCHD, the WNBA have partnered with several businesses and organizations and have added a COVID-19 schedule and locations portal for schedules and information about the vaccine at www.wichitablacknurses.org. Donations, aid, and grants are welcomed and have been accepted for both the community residents and volunteers, for the efforts of this mission.
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