Women make most of the healthcare decisions in their family. And Black women, in particular, not only make decisions for their own families but are considered the leaders in the community for information and guidance on health care.
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett was one of the leading scientists in the development of one of the COVID-19 vaccines. The first person to get the vaccine in the U.S. was also a Black woman, Sandra Lindsay, a nurse at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. The Colorado Women’s Alliance, a non-profit organization that focuses on the issues of greatest importance to women has identified accessible healthcare as one of the top issues for Colorado women this year. Women have been amongst the first to get the vaccine nationwide, with more than 75 percent of healthcare workers being female (National Women’s Law Center), and still some, particularly women of color, are hesitant to embrace it. The group, while not taking a position one way or another, plans to convene town hall meetings, bringing together experts who can answer questions that women might have about the COVID-19 vaccines. The town hall meetings will be held during Women’s History Month in March. They’re asking for your help in determining what information you’d like to have and who you’d like to hear from.
Please visit www.ColoradoWomensAlliance.org to take a brief survey that asks, “Will you get the COVID19 vaccine and if not, why not?” The Alliance will bring in experts, based on your responses on what you need to know and who you would trust to provide information. Watch for information on the town halls in our March issue.