National Minority Health Month announces #Vaccineready for the 2021 theme. – Jacksonville Free Press

From Racquel Coral, contributing writer – (Source: www.chicagodefender.com) – April is known for many things. In the past, it has become synonymous with spring, Easter, and autism awareness. However, since 2002 April has been recognized as National Minority Health Month. A month dedicated to raising awareness of the health differences among minorities. Along with promoting health education, early detection and control of disease complications.

National Minority Health Month has a different theme each year. In the past few years there was Active & Healthy and Partnering for Health Equity. However, due to the COVID-19 and the release of the vaccines, this year’s theme is #Vaccineready. Achieving herd immunity is key to returning to normal and preventing the spread of COVID-19 and ending the pandemic.

The pandemic has disproportionately affected minorities and people living in underserved communities. Cases and deaths have far exceeded those of their white counterparts. Along with a lack of education and availability for vaccines in vulnerable populations.

The #VaccineReady The campaign will help communities practice COVID-19 safety measures, get facts about COVID-19 vaccines, share accurate vaccine information, participate in clinical trials, and get vaccinated in due course. The campaign is also designed to increase confidence in vaccines by dispelling myths and misconceptions about the vaccines. #Vaccineready aims to raise awareness of these communities and increase vaccination efforts. It also urges communities to participate in clinical trials and get vaccinated.

According to the Minority Health Office, there are steps communities can take to protect themselves until they are vaccinated.

  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay at least 2 meters away from others who do not live with you.
  • Avoid the crowds. The more people you have in contact, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.

Further information on participation can be found at https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/nmhm/.

Contributing Writer Racquel Coral is a national lifestyle writer and journalist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Find her on social media @withloveracquel.

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