Featured speakers to correct misinformation about vaccines

Despite the decline of COVID cases in some parts of California, organizations throughout the state continue to work diligently to increase vaccination rates in communities with high rates of COVID transmission and low vaccination rates.  

Within the Antelope Valley, the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA), has partnered with the Lancaster School District to host vaccine clinics at schools within the area.

As part of the campaign, CAAASA will host  “IT’S PERSONAL: the truth about the COVID-19 vaccine” a town-hall-style meeting on Thursday, March 10, 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m. at Antelope Valley Partners For Health, 44226 10th St W, Lancaster, CA 93534.  The featured speakers will be Renee M Poole, MD, MMM, CPE, President-Elect, Association of Black Women’s Physicians and Lillie Tyson Head, daughter of Freddie Lee Tyson, a United States Public Health Service Syphilis Study Victim at Tuskegee and Macon County, Alabama and President, Voices For Our Fathers Legacy Foundation.

Tyson Head has been delivering her message around the country, correcting some of the misinformation about the so-called Tuskegee study and said, “It is unfortunate that, because of the United States Public Health Service Syphilis Study (known as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study), African Americans continue to have limited trust in vaccines and their benefits.  We must take this disease seriously, do whatever we can to increase vaccine awareness and share the message that ‘by taking the vaccine, we are also taking a positive step toward decreasing the spread of COVID-19 within the overall community.”

“We are honored to be part of the team helping to increase awareness and decrease vaccine hesitancy, said Al Bonds, CAAASA campaign coordinator.  “The health of each person impacts all of us.  By protecting themselves, individuals are better equipped to protect family members, friends, social circles, and the community at large.

The campaign is funded by a grant from Sierra Health Foundation and hopes to attract persons in zip codes with poor vaccination rates, who, for whatever reason, have not accessed the free vaccinations and related services.  The campaign includes media announcements, and person-to-person outreach in neighborhoods, community centers and churches.

A vaccine clinic will be held on Saturday, March 12 at Parkview Education Center, 44327 Fig Avenue, Lancaster, CA 93534.  Registration is free and may be found at www.caaasa.org