Local Religious Leaders Increase Confidence and Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines | Local
Grace Temple, on the other hand, was a site they were familiar with, even though they weren’t members of the congregation, and they felt comfortable signing up, Wiley said.
“Having the gunfire in the church was an advantage for people,” he said. “It made things a lot easier for people who didn’t know what they really needed to do and [where] go, and a lot of people were saying they couldn’t afford to get to the places they had heard about. ”
In her efforts to increase vaccinations among black residents and other communities of color, Santa Maria-Lompoc NAACP President Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt said religious leaders like Wiley play an important role.
“We believe that the most reliable leaders are faith leaders. We call them and involve them, [because] we believe they are trusted members of the community and that their members will listen to them, ”said Lyons-Pruitt.
As some mobile clinics reported that appointments were not being filled, Lyons-Pruitt said there was a great benefit in offering vaccines to people where they are instead of having to make appointments. you in advance.
At the Grace Temple Clinic, a woman in her 80s was present but did not know if she needed an injection. Later, however, she returned with her husband and they both agreed to be vaccinated, Lyons-Pruitt said.
“I guess she needed to think about it, and since we were there it made it easy. I think that’s how we’re going to have to do it,” she said.
Three teams of mobile clinics are based in Santa Maria, with two others in Lompoc and Santa Barbara. Organizations can request that a clinic be held in housing estates, community centers, workplaces, places of worship and other sites.