On March 1, 2021, FPWA and the Task Force for Vaccine Equity and Education launched a new toolkit and website to equip Black communities with outreach and educational materials to combat the Covid-19 virus.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for Black Communities is now available for download at rollupyoursleevesny.org. Throughout the month of March, additional educational resources will be added.
Concerned that America was ill-prepared and ill-equipped to deliver any of the Covid-19 vaccines to Black communities, Black leaders announced the creation of the task force in New York to both ensure the vaccine is readily accessible to Black New Yorkers and address concerns in Black communities about the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine. Led by Marc Morial of the National Urban League, Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network, and Sen. Nina Turner the task force partnered with FPWA to develop the toolkit and website based on the organization’s experience organizing Black communities around the 2020 Census. Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director of FPWA is also a task force member.
“It is not a new phenomenon that systemic and overt racism practiced in healthcare, government, and all aspects of civic life has made Black and brown communities most susceptible to Covid-19, and now skeptical of the vaccine. But now, as the vaccine is rolled out, it is up to us to rewrite our own history. We need to do the work, and that starts with information sharing,” said Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director of FPWA.