As the US nears nearly 80 million doses of the COVID-19 distributed in the arms of Americans, there has been a notable lag in African Americans receiving the vaccine.
Some experts have pointed to a lack of access to getting online and making an appointment as fueling the difference between the number of Black people getting a vaccine dose compared to other groups. Many states have opted for a completely online approach to getting the vaccine, which has created a barrier for those who lack access to reliable technology to get and stay on appointment sites, for multiple hours a day.
Other factors, including the inability to actually schedule an appointment, even with internet access has fueled skepticism amongst some in the Black community.
Officials also warn that misinformation campaigns have targeted Black people online, sparking rumors and concern.
Additionally, historical and ongoing medical racism is forcing healthcare leaders to address systemic issues within the medical community, aiming to rebuild trust and bring equity to the field.
For those who are considering getting the vaccine, knowing where you can go to get a vaccine is also important. Below, check out some vaccine sites across the US available for appointments, according to their websites.
Many states are still in Phase 1 of vaccine distribution. Each state has its own set of eligibility requirements for who can get the vaccine right now.
Residents should double-check requirements and their eligibility before going to a vaccine site. For a location in your state, check out this list from the CDC: https://vaccinefinder.org/
Hinds County: Smith Wills Stadium 1200 Lakeland Drive Jackson, Mississippi
Check out a full list of locations here: https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420,976.html#drive
Cordova/Old Appling Inspection Station
2355 Appling City Cove Memphis, TN 38133
Commodity Supplemental Food Program Warehouse
1020 South Bellevue Memphis, TN 38106
Check out a full list of locations by clicking here
1 NRG Park Houston, TX 77054
Check out a full list of locations here: http://www.houstontx.gov/health/NewsReleases/houston-health-department-expands-covid-19-vaccine-waitlist.html
New York City, New York
1915 Third Avenue
Manhattan, NY 10029
215 W 125th St
Manhattan, NY 10027
Rite Aid Pharmacy
950 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10459
Montefiore Family Health Center
1 Fordham Plaza, 5th Floor
Bronx, NY 10458
1559 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
NYC Health Dept.- Crown Heights Clinic
1218 Prospect Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11213
159-34 Jamaica Ave
Queens, NY 11432
55 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Metro Community Health Center
2324 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10303
Find the closest location to you here: https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/locations
Los Angeles, California
El Sereno Recreation Center
4721 Klamath St
Los Angeles, CA 90032
St. Johns Compton Health Center
2115 N Wilmington Ave
Compton, CA 90222
A full list of LA vaccine sites can be found here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup/
Vaccines here are distributed using a tier system and residents should submit a form to get notified of their turn. Find the form here.
Vaccines here are by appointment only. Residents who qualify for the vaccine should check their eligibility and call 313-230-0505 Monday through Friday between 9a.m. - 6p.m.
Check out this website for the latest information: https://detroitmi.gov/departments/detroit-health-department/programs-and-services/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-latest-updates
New Orleans, Louisiana
Fulton County Board of Health Sites
Aviation Cultural Center
3900 Aviation Circle NW Atlanta, GA 30336
Mercedes Benz Stadium
1 AMB Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
A full list of locations in Georgia can be found here: https://dph.georgia.gov/locations/covid-vaccination-site
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Jefferson Regional Medical Center
1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Join the Waitlist here: https://www.jrmc.org/covid-19-vaccination-waiting-list/
3130 Victoria Boulevard
Hampton, VA 23661-1588
A full list of sites can found here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/hampton/contact-us/
Join the Waitlist here: https://mecklenburgcounty.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eVCxYECHtPu5ajI
Schedule an Appointment here: https://starmed.care
Baltimore Convention Center
Request an Appointment here: https://www.umms.org/coronavirus/covid-vaccine/get-vaccine/baltimore-convention-center-vaccine
Baylor University Medical Center: 1-844-279-8222 or https://www.bswhealth.com/covid-vaccine
Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center: https://dallascityhall.com/Pages/Coronavirus-Vaccine-Information.aspx
Parkland Hospital: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination.php
A full list of Dallas sites can be found here: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx
Vaccines available by appointment only. Schedule online here: uabmedicinevaccine.org
UAB Hospital Highlands Parking Deck
Hoover Met Complex
100 Ben Chapman Drive Hoover, AL 35244
Parker High School
400 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd Birmingham, AL 35204
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