Kentucky Governor, Lexington’s NAACP Chapter Team Up for Vaccination

Kentucky Governor, Lexington’s NAACP Chapter Team Up for Vaccination

Gov. Beshear and Lexington’s NAACP Chapter Team Up to Address Vaccination Hesitancy

FRANKFORT, Ky (STL.News) With a commitment to provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations across Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear is working with the Lexington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Today at Shiloh Baptist Church, 10 members of the community voiced confidence in and rolled up their sleeves to receive the Moderna vaccine.

Gov. Beshear joined five local leaders to help overcome hesitancy and distrust.

“Thought leaders from many communities are stepping forward from all over the state, asking what they can do and how they can help,” said Gov. Beshear.  “Today, prominent African-Americans in Lexington are speaking out.  Their words of encouragement for receiving the shot help break down some of the barriers that can lead to vaccine inequity.”

“I was initially reluctant to take the vaccine because of historical reasons,” said the Rev. Jim Thurman, president of the NAACP Lexington-Fayette County Branch.  “After much prayer, I saw the value of being vaccinated.  COVID-19 was, and still is, hitting the African-American community and other communities of people of color, much harder.  We need the vaccine.”

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