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Kansas City area doctors urge Black residents to get vaccine

A group of Kansas City-area medical professionals is leading an effort to persuade Black residents in the metro area to overcome their skepticism and get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Kansas City’s Black Health Care Coalition and and a team of Black medical professionals are working to get information about the vaccine to about 45,000 Black residents in the region.

During a media briefing Monday, they said Blacks are concerned about the vaccine’s possible side effects and how quickly it was rolled out. They also noted many Blacks distrust the medical profession because of past controversial medical experiments that were performed on Black citizens, KCUR reported.

Dr. Nevada Lee, of Leawood, Kansas, said Blacks are more likely to contract COVID-19 and to die from it, in part because of lack of access to medical care.

City Councilwoman Melissa Robinson, president of the coalition, said Blacks also are less likely to be able to work from home or take time off work, which increases the risk of infection.

The doctors said evidence has shown the vaccine to be safe. And they said the country won’t be able to defeat the pandemic unless Black citizens participate in the vaccination effort.

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