The White House on Wednesday announced a new partnership to boost vaccination rates by recruiting black barbershops – part of a major initiative that also includes free child care and extended pharmacy hours to facilitate inoculations.
The initiatives come a month before the Independence Day deadline that President Joe Biden has said he wants 70% of American adults to have received at least one injection – a period the administration has called ” months of action “. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over 60% of adults have received their first injection and just over 40% are fully immunized. Meanwhile, 12 states have partially vaccinated 70% of their adults, according to the White House.
Biden said Wednesday that the increase in vaccinations gives Americans a chance to get back to normal.
“America is heading into a radically different summer from last year’s summer. A summer of freedom. A summer of joy. A summer of meeting and celebrating. An all-American summer that this country deserves after a long, long dark winter which we have all endured, “he said.
The “Shots at the Shop” initiative is a partnership between the White House, the Black Coalition Against COVID, SheaMoisture and the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity to team up with black-owned hair salons across the United States. United. main and will organize on-site vaccination events to encourage their clients to get vaccinated.
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Hairdressers have been called upon in the past to improve the health of black men in particular as they are often seen as places of trust in the community. Researchers have teamed up with stores to meet black men where they feel comfortable and connect them with health services aimed at fighting diabetes, prostate cancer and HIV / AIDS, among other health issues.
“Local barbers, stylists, they are becoming key immunization advocates in their communities, offering information to clients, making appointments, even using their own businesses as vaccination sites,” Biden said.
Race and ethnicity data for COVID-19 vaccines is sorely lacking, officials said. As of June 1, race and ethnicity data is only available for 56.8% of people who have received an administered dose, according to the CDC. However, the Available data shows that the majority of partially and fully immunized Americans are white. Black Americans make up 8.6% of all fully vaccinated people compared to 63.4% of white Americans.
The barbershop initiative is only part of a larger announcement the White House made on Wednesday to meet people where they are.
Four of the country’s largest child care providers are now offering free child care to all parents and caregivers who want to get vaccinated until July 4. KinderCare and Learning Care Group will offer free appointments, as will more than 500 YMCAs across the United States, the White House said. Bright Horizons will provide free child care to its own employees. Additionally, the Biden administration said on Wednesday that states could use child care funds allocated in the most recent COVID-19 relief bill for care initiatives to allow parents to get vaccinated.
The White House also announced that thousands of pharmacies, including CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreens, will stay open late every Friday in June to offer vaccines all night.
Many of these incentives and support opportunities are now available on a website it also shows which companies, including retail, airlines and catering companies, are offering paid time off for their employees to get vaccinated.
“During the month of action, the administration will continue to work with employers to make it even easier to set up vaccination clinics in the workplace and will call on more companies to encourage and encourage vaccinations,” he said. the White House said in a press release.
A number of other initiatives are also expected this month, including prospecting for areas with low vaccination rates, radio and television commercials featuring medical experts, a challenge between mayors of large cities to increase vaccination rates, and a nationwide tour of the country led by Vice President Kamala Harris to encourage vaccination. Additionally, colleges and universities are encouraged to have their students vaccinated with pop-up vaccination clinics, educational materials, and toolkits.