JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — UPDATE 1/10/2021: St. Matthew Baptist Church is offering the vaccine by appointment only.
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1/09/2021: St. Matthew Baptist Church on Jacksonville’s north side will open at 9 a.m. for COVID-19 vaccines Sunday.
Rev. George Price said they were allotted about 500 vaccines from the state to administer to anyone 65 years and older. It is one of the first churches in the state to administer vaccines as part of an initiative to increase access in communities of color and underserved areas.
Rev. RB Holmes, formerly a pastor in Jacksonville, is now in Tallahassee and started the Statewide COVID-19 Vaccination Community Education and Engagement Task Force.
Its goal is to get Black churches and colleges involved with bringing vaccine access using their facilities.
“Using the most trusted venues in the Black community — the Black church,” Holmes told Action News Jax’s Robert Grant.
As of Saturday, the Department of Health reported that about 291,000 white Floridians have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. That compares to about 23,000 African Americans and 83,000 listed as “other.”
Holmes’ goal is to vaccinate at least 60% of the Black and brown community.
”The government cannot do this by themselves. African Americans and other minorities are dying at a disproportionate rate,” he said.
“We cannot be afraid of science. We have to trust the science.”
St. Matthew Baptist will be one of the state’s first churches to open its doors to vaccines.
Holmes also suggested using venues like Edward Waters College.
”Pastors all across the state willing to open their facilities where the neighbors can come in and get vaccinated.”
The vaccines Sunday will be reserved only for those 65 years and older will be administered until supplies run out.
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