It’s come as a surprise to a lot of folks, but when you hear conventional wisdom on people of color getting the vaccine, you need to see the actual data.
There’s a lot that many of us assumed was going to happen that largely hasn’t. I am very close to a sister congregation that is predominantly black. I was having lunch with one of their leaders back in January and he asked me how many folks in our congregation would get vaccinated. I told him roughly 100%. I posed the same question to him, and he shook his head and said it was going to be a real uphill battle. He said that he might be the only person who wasn’t in an assisted living facility to get it. Family memories of stuff like Tuskegee makes it hard.
We had lunch back at the end of May, and he me told with tears in his eyes that over 60% had gotten it so far.
Here in Nashville, and largely nationwide, people of color have taken advantage of the opportunity to get the vaccine at a higher rate than was expected.
It was expressed to me that, “as a group, our outcomes from the disease are generally worse than other groups.”
I wonder if recognition of that is driving a lot?