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Minority Health Month
Contact the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity
Please print our 6'-by-33" banner celebrating National Minority Health Month and free COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all FL adults.
- Join the conversation by using the hashtag #VaccineReady and sharing “I am #VaccineReady because...” with your community.
- Submit your virtual community events and activities to the national Office of Minority Health Events Calendar. Then use the hashtags #VaccineReady and #NMHM2021 to share your events, activities and photos on social media.
April is National Minority Health Month, just in time to celebrate free COVID-19 vaccine expansion to all adults in Florida. This year, the Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE) joins our partners across the state to focus on COVID-19 vaccines. The pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minorities. This underscores the need for vulnerable communities to respond and get vaccinated now. COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to prevent spread and bring this pandemic to an end.
National Minority Health Month began with Booker T. Washington advocating a National Negro Health Week in 1915. The U.S. Congress, In 2002, established a National Minority Health Month and Health Disparities Month "to promote educational efforts on the health problems facing minorities and other health disparity populations.”
This year’s theme for National Minority Health Month is #VaccineReady. The focus will empower communities to:
- Get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines.
- Share accurate vaccine information.
- Participate in clinical trials.
- Get vaccinated now.
- Practice COVID-19 safety measures.
Meanwhile, protect yourself by taking these steps:
- Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you.
- Avoid crowds. The more people you come in contact with, the more likely you will be exposed to COVID-19.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), certain vulnerable populations, such as non-Hispanic African Americans, residents of nonmetropolitan areas, and adults with lower levels of education and income, or who do not have health insurance, are more likely to forgo the COVID-19 vaccine.
Therefore, it is critical to do the following:
- Promote vaccine confidence by addressing concerns of individuals and communities.
- Prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Decrease concerns about vaccine safety among priority populations.
- Boost confidence by educating essential workers, minority populations, and the public about:
- The safety of the vaccine development process,
- The effectiveness and safety of authorized COVID-19 vaccines.
- CDC-recommended guidance about the need for vaccination.
- Efforts to ensure high and equitable vaccine coverage in all populations to prevent spread and end the pandemic.
Florida Vaccination Sites
There are over 1,000 vaccination sites across Florida, including county health departments, retail pharmacy partners Publix, Walmart/Sam’s Club, and Southeastern Grocers (Winn-Dixie, Harveys, and Fresco y Más), and community and faith-based vaccination sites.
Find vaccination sites by county or city and contact information for each location on the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Vaccine Locator webpage.
Eligible individuals can preregister with the statewide system by calling each county’s designated phone number. A complete list of phone numbers is available on the FDOH COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida webpage, or visiting MyVaccine.FL.gov (Spanish and Haitian Creole avialable).
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