Wyandotte County Church, health leaders partner to address vaccine hesitancy

KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Churches across Wyandotte County hosted a vaccination clinic at the Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ on Saturday with local pharmacies and county’s health leaders.

The event also featured COVID-19 testing and free food thanks to the Harvesters Community Food Network.

Church leaders, like Bishop LF Thuston of the Kansas East Diocese of the Church of God of Christ, said religious leaders want people in the county to feel comfortable going to a vaccine clinic.

“This has been a terrible year for our entire community, especially this part of the community that has not been disproportionately involved in the return of the COVID-19 virus,” Thuston said.

Given the great reluctance to vaccinate in the county, Thuston knows he and other church leaders have a voice in the ward and they hope people will listen.

“We knew that if we could come into our community and bring them the vaccine and make this a glorious day, and make it about life, not death, and take a holistic approach, it would benefit our community,” Thuston said .

Executives say education and access are the keys to more firearms. Your work at the clinic on Saturday pays off when people like Theo Bass opt for an injection.

“I wasn’t entirely sure, and then my brother and his wife and little nephew got it, so I thought if my little nephew and big brother and wife got it, it would be time for me to get it too to get.” said Bass.

Church leaders say events like Saturday are about a lot more than just vaccines.

“Sometimes people just need to know you care, they need to know their church cares, their elected officials care,” Thuston said.

While minority people in the county continue to face barriers to getting vaccines such as access and transportation, Thuston said churches will continue to organize clinics and provide education.

“Today we believe we have been a blessing to our community,” said Thuston.

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