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Local advocates address vaccine concerns in the black community

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- Health officials have said concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine in Peoria's black community have remained high. Thursday afternoon local advocates came together to dispel the myths.

Methodist College hosted a panel to diminish the concerns of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine for African Americans.

Panelists said it begins with education, spreading the correct information to the community about the vaccine.

To target the black community specifically, panelists said there must be more representation of people who look like them receiving the vaccine and endorsing it.

"If we can get them to buy in on the idea that the COVID vaccine, is healthy, it is safe and it is beneficial for the society as a whole and have them endorse it, then the people that follow them will hopefully endorse it as well," said Demarcus Hamilton, Program Director and Journalist at Strictly Hip Hop 90.7FM Radio.

All the panelists agreed there should be equal access to the vaccine regardless of demographics. And they vowed to fight for it as supply increases.

Paige Blanzy

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