State Rep. Nixon urges African American youth to get vaccinated under eligibility expansion

State Representative Angie Nixon and Agape Health CEO Mia Jones gathered at the Edward Waters College vaccination site to encourage African American youth to get the shot as vaccine eligibility expands to 16 and up Monday.

Agape manages the EWC clinic and is distributing about 300 of its 500 dose allotment, which includes both first and second doses.

Unused shots are being distributed at mobile sites.

State Rep. Nixon got her first dose at EWC Friday.

“I suggest, and urge, and encourage everyone — particularly within this community to get the shot,” she said.

She came down with COVID-19 while she was 7 months pregnant.

Now the Representative said she’s excited to pass antibodies on to her daughter.

Jones admitted they have a major vaccine hesitancy hurdle to overcome.

Action News Jax compared the Department of Health’s data for Duval County with the latest census data.

About 13% of the county’s black population is vaccinated compared to about 23% of the county’s white population.

On March 19th, 10% of the black population was vaccinated compared to about 17.5% of the white population in Duval.

Those numbers do not include more than 32,000 individuals who chose not to indicate their race when getting the shot.

“We recognize that within our community, there’s a lot of hesitancy. However we also recognize within our community — we have been hit hard by COVID 19,” Jones said. “We’re here to stem the tide of the misinformation that’s out there as it relates to the vaccine.”

On Monday, anyone 16 and up can get the vaccine in Florida.

EWC’s vaccine clinic is open everyday from 9AM-5PM and is free.