PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium began taking requests for the COVID-19 vaccine this week and will be administering free vaccines on a first-come, first-served basis during Phase 1B of the city's vaccination schedule.
Dr. Ala Stanford, founder of the consortium, made the announcement in a video on Instagram.
“We will be administering the coronavirus vaccine in Black communities,” she said.
Stanford built trust within Black Philadelphia communities after her group began providing free, low-barrier COVID-19 testing at Black churches last spring.
Recently, she got the vaccine herself on camera and used the announcement to address vaccine hesitancy head on.
“I understand the atrocities that Black people have endured previously and current day. Please do not allow things of the past and the present to prevent you from protecting yourself and those you love,” she said.
More than one-third of Black Americans say they will not get the vaccine. Black people are three times more likely to get COVID-19 and are more likely to die from it.
“I don’t want to see another life lost, especially if it can be prevented,” Stanford said.
The group will administer the vaccine during Phase 1B, which includes those 75 and older, and should begin soon.
The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium website has more information about how to request a vaccine.