Vaccination: Trusted Messengers

Vaccination: Trusted Messengers

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Clergy are known to be one of the top 10 most trusted professions according to the Forbes Gallup poll 2019 (nurses are the most trusted profession).

To be trusted community messengers, it is critical to be prepared with reliable, culturally relevant, accurate information. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations – October 29, 2020 to provide guidance to states about all aspects of COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration. This guide recommends including faith-based organizations in communication of inclusive, unbiased, respectful information to encourage appropriate vaccination especially in vulnerable marginalized populations. You can find COVID-19 Vaccination Program Operational Guidance for each state.

The key messages to share now:
It is critical to continue to follow all social distancing, masking, and hand hygiene guidelines for several months to come until the majority of the population is vaccinated to protect ourselves and others!

There is HOPE to be found in the vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson under Emergency Use Authorization.
The FDA and drug manufacturers are following the scientific process in developing and assuring the safety of the vaccines.

Collectively we have learned a lot during this pandemic. Let’s continue to serve our congregations, vulnerable populations, and communities of color as stewards of the faithful love and grace of God by staying informed and sharing factual information.

Here are the state websites for specific information:
https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/covid-19%20vaccinations
https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine-in-massachusetts
https://health.ri.gov/covid/vaccine/

Social Media images to use are found on the CDC website:
https://tools.cdc.gov/medialibrary/index.aspx...
 

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