Forsyth County Health Organizations Aim To Increase Minority Vaccinations

Forsyth County Health Organizations Aim To Increase Minority Vaccinations

10:11am Feb 12, 2021
A nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine. GERRY BROOME/AP

A trio of health organizations is joining forces to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among minorities in Forsyth County. 

The Forsyth County Department of Public Health, Novant Health, and Wake Forest Baptist Health are partnering to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations in historically marginalized communities.

In a press release, the organizations say they have taken steps to share personnel and supplies, and are partnering with other governmental organizations such as Federally Qualified Health Centers. 

Vaccination appointments are being expanded to include evenings and weekends, with free transportation provided by the Winston-Salem Transit Authority.

Targeted outreach is being implemented through social media and advertising, as well as through relationships with local community partners and business leaders.

According to the release, Forsyth County is making progress toward the goal of having over 40% of vaccinated residents be members of historically marginalized populations, a number that reflects the county’s demographics.

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