The District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) launched the program in 2021 by partnering with places of worship in the federal capital to host pop-up vaccine centers in their establishments. The program sought to convince the community that the vaccines were "safe and effective," and provide support for residents wanting to be injected. To this end, DC Health partnered with the Leadership Council for Healthy Communities and the Black Coalition against COVID.
"The whole goal of Faith in Vaccine is to bring vaccines into the community for easy access, where folks feel comfortable and have confidence in the community," explained DC Health spokesman Dr. Ankoor Shah. (Related: Joy Behar demands Black people trust COVID vaccines because 'the experiment has been done on White people'.)
According to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Faith in Vaccine clinics "are hosted at local churches where residents can receive information about the COVID-19 vaccine, ask questions, and be vaccinated on-site. The program is an example of "information interventions" recommended by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security to "promote equity in vaccine distribution."
The Faith in Vaccine program has often advertised free perks to new parishioners, such as free backpacks and free masks to children who get injected with the COVID-19 clot shot at places of worship.
However, Faith in Vaccine – which centers mainly on Christian churches – is not the first religious, faith-based initiative to "combat" COVID-19. Back in 2020 before the vaccines were developed, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) joined forces with different world religions to launch the Global Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action COVID-19 Initiative. The initiative commenced in April 2020 aimed to "raise awareness of the impact of the pandemic" on children.
The UNICEF initiative reflected on the "unique and critical roles played by religious leaders and actors, in influencing values, attitudes, behaviors and actions" that affect the development and well-being of children, and expressed commitment to strengthening multi-religious actions and community mobilization in countering the pandemic.
The Faith in Vaccine initiative was incidentally launched in the federal capital, often referred to as "Chocolate City" due to its historically high percentage of Black residents.
According to the NAACP, Blacks made up three-fourths of all COVID-19 deaths in Washington, D.C. even though they comprise 45 percent of the city population. It mentioned that the 30 percent gap is the largest compared to all other states and territories in the United States. Michigan followed with a mere 10 percent gap, while both New York and Louisiana had a seven percent gap.
"Even though three-quarters of the D.C. residents who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic are Black – [they] have received a little over a quarter of the vaccines distributed in D.C. thus far. In contrast, White D.C. residents have received vaccinations three times their rate of deaths from COVID-19," said the civil rights group.
The NAACP continued that Black residents of the federal capital "experience different barriers to access the vaccines, including the heavy reliance on internet access to register, insufficient call center capacity due to limited phone access, and a website that lacked the overall capacity to handle incoming requests."
Ultimately, independent journalist Jordan Schachtel noted that the COVID-19 vaccines do not work as promised, regardless of the ethnicities of people who get injected with them.
"There’s no evidence that the vaccines are working, and that’s why it’s important to have faith," he remarked
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