JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - As COVID vaccines are being administered around the state, new data suggests there are some who aren’t taking the shot.
State health officials say they’re concerned about one particular group not getting the vaccine.
Frontline healthcare workers and doctors are in the first group to receive the vaccine in our state.
Health officials say they’re alarmed that only a small number of African American physicians are getting the shot.
Out of the thousands of COVID vaccine doses in our state, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs released data showing only 17 percent have been taken by African Americans compared to 66 percent taken by whites.
Dr. Thomas Dobbs said, “Part of it could be reluctance and I understand that but part of it might be availability so we want to make sure we are addressing both issues. We need more African-Americans protected for so many reasons.”
In an effort to encourage more black doctors to take the vaccine, a group of African American physicians in the metro got their own shots Tuesday at Phillips Medical Services, in an effort to dispel rumors and show the vaccine is safe.
Dr. Claude Brunson said, “If we as physicians and other healthcare workers are reluctant to take the vaccine then that certainly sends a message to communities of color to make them a little bit more concerned about whether or not they ought to be taking the vaccine.”
Also happening this week, the first public rollout of the vaccine.
The Mississippi National Guard and the Health Department opened their drive thru vaccination clinics at locations statewide.