COVID Vaccination Communication

The Association of Black Women in Higher Education, Incorporated (ABWHE) encourages its members, friends, associates, and loved ones to get vaccinated against the COVID- 19 virus. Recent reports about the COVID-19 pandemic indicate a resurgence due to the highly transmissible Delta Variant. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) attributes much of the increase in infection rates to the new Delta Variant. In fact, ninety-nine percent of severe illnesses and hospitalizations are caused by the Delta Variant (healthline.com/health-news). Sadly, th

ere continues to be a disparity in the COVID-19 mortality rates for people of color. The rise in cases and

deaths due to the current COVID-19 variant has led ABWHE to share this message with concern for our communities, families, students, colleagues, educational institutions, and our country.

We respect personal choice and understand that much of the vaccine hesitancy and distrust in our communities has strong roots in the medical establishment’s historical mistreatment of our people. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis of global significance. We must acknowledge that our choices affect not just us as individuals, but also our families, friends, colleagues, and communities. If you have not already done so, please consider getting vaccinated. Speak with your healthcare provider about your options and your concerns. Consult verified research that is based on established science. Below, we have provided web links to national resources and state health departments in the areas where our ABWHE members live.

Lastly, remember--“Your health is your wealth.” May you and your loved ones continue to be safe and well. Wash your hands, practice social distancing, and remember to wear your mask while in public indoor spaces.


Sincerely,
The Association of Black Women in Higher Education, Incorporated


Get the facts by visiting the following Resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html
vaccines.gov
National Medical Association
https://www.nmanet.org/page/COVID-19-Resources
Black Doctors Consortium
https://blackdoctorsconsortium.com/
www.blackdoctor.org
Hood Medicine Initiative
www.hoodmedicine.org
The Black Coalition Against COVID
blackcoalitionagainstcovid.org
Illinois Department of Health
http://www.dph.illinois.gov/
Minnesota Department of Health
https://www.health.state.mn.us/index.html
New York State Department of Health
https://www.health.ny.gov/
Pennsylvania Department of Health
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Florida Department of Health
http://www.floridahealth.gov/
California Department of Public Health
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

Georgia Department of Health
https://dph.georgia.gov/
Maryland Department of Health
https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/
Michigan State Department of Health
https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
New Jersey State Department of Public Health
https://www.nj.gov/health/
Ohio Department of Public Health
https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home
Texas Department of State Health Services
https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
Virginia Department of Health