Congressman Neguse Launches “Get Out the Vaccine” Week to Encourage Black Coloradans to Get Vaccinated
Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, launched “Get Out the Vaccine” Week May 1st through 8th to encourage black Coloradans to get vaccinated. Congressman Neguse, alongside Colorado lawmakers, is promoting vaccine opportunities across the state and encouraging Coloradans to make an appointment or walk-in at sites where walk-ins are accepted. The initiative is part of the Congressional Black Caucus’s effort to promote vaccine equity, CBC members are launching similar initiatives across the United States this week.
“Making sure every Coloradan who wants a vaccine can get one will help us crush the virus and get our economy moving again,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Despite having one of the highest COVID-19 mortality rates in the U.S., Black Americans are among those least likely to get the vaccines. Prioritizing equity and ensuring all Coloradans have the facts and the resources to get the vaccine is crucial.”
“The two main barriers we’re seeing in the Black community are lack of access to the vaccine and misinformation about the safety of the vaccine,” said Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod. “Get Out the Vaccine Week is a welcome initiative to promote the vaccine to every community and spread accurate trustworthy information about the vaccine and where you can go to get vaccinated.”
“Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is one of the most important things we can do to get back to normal and protect the health of not just ourselves, but our neighbors, family members, and our communities at large,” said Colorado State Representative Janet Buckner. “It's especially important that communities of color have equitable access to the vaccine, as we know that this virus has disproportionately impacted these populations. I urge all eligible people to get vaccinated as soon as you can.”
“The safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine is the ultimate tool to keep Coloradans and their families safe from the coronavirus. We need to get more Coloradans vaccinated, especially Black Americans and other communities of color who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus,” said Colorado State Senator Rhonda Fields. “This effort is so important and it’s critical we’re all engaged in sharing information with our friends and families and encouraging everyone to make a plan to get the vaccine. Getting vaccinated is the surest way for us to reopen our economy and start gathering in person again.”
“As we work toward eliminating the severe and pervasive health and racial inequities that have been exacerbated by this pandemic, honest and transparent communication about the vaccine is a critical piece of this work,” said Rosemary Lytle, State President at NAACP CO-MT-WY. “Black Coloradans have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and it’s critical we are sharing resources and advancing equity as we work to get all of Colorado vaccinated.”
See below for more information on vaccine sites and times. Click here to promote “Get Out the Vaccine” Week.
Vaccine Equity Drives:
Angevine Middle School
Sunday May 9 9:30-3:30pm
Hosted by Servicios de la Raza, Latino Chamber and Boulder County SUMA
Aurora Municipal Center
15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora
Saturday May 1 (and Sat + Sun on following weekends)
More information AuroraGov.org/vaccine
Ball Arena: 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver 80204
Colorado State Fair Grounds: 1001 Beulah Ave, Pueblo 81004
The Ranch Events Complex: 5280 Arena Cir, Loveland 80538
BARNUM RECREATION CENTER
- Sundays from 11:00 PM to 6:00 PM
- Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
- The last day for first doses will be June 6 (tentative)
- The last day for second doses will be June 30 (tentative)
MLK RECREATION CENTER
- Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
- Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
- The last day for first doses will be June 5 (tentative)
- The last day for second doses will be June 29 (tentative)
SWANSEA RECREATION CENTER
- Mondays from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM,
- The last day for first doses will be May 31 (tentative)
- The last day for second doses will be June 28 (tentative)
MONTBELLO RECREATION CENTER
- Denver Health will continue to provide vaccine at this location on
- Thursdays from 9:00AM – 3:00 PM
- The last day for first doses will be May 27 (tentative)
- The last day for second doses will be June 24 (tentative)
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