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Community leaders hoping COVID-19 PSAs will encourage minorities to get vaccinated

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Some newly produced PSA videos are aiming to help educate minority communities on the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

It’s called the COVID Reduction Initiative. Blacklight Media, HealthVisions Midwest of Fort Wayne, and others have been working on this project with a series of videos released on Thursday.

Sharon Tubbs, DJ E-Clyps, and Reverend Bill McGill sat down with ABC21 to talk about the project.

"Our goal is to raise awareness,” Tubbs said. With this last video, with faith leaders, one of the reasons why we wanted to involve pastors is there is this misconception that there is a void between faith and science.”

Right now, two areas of the city with large minority populations are seeing low vaccination rates.

The 46803-zip code has a vaccination rate of 23.5 percent and the 46806-zip code has a vaccination rate of 27.7 percent, far below the county-wide average of 44.5 percent.

"If we can save one life, just one family, if we can reach out and convince a certain segment of our community to take the step to trust the science and let that somehow work in reliance with your faith, I don't think it's a contradictory message,” McGill said.

Foellinger Foundation, St. Joseph Community Health and other organizations have helped with this project.

"Everybody can't reach everybody, but someone can reach some body,” E-Clyps said. “If you continue to go in that streak of doing what you can to reach people in your circle and that circle gets bigger and hopefully, we get to a better place as far as vaccination rate goes."

HealthVisons Midwest of Fort Wayne is partnering with Come As You Are Community Church to do a mobile vaccination clinic. They’re located at 7910 S. Anthony Blvd. It's from June 14th through June 16th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vince Lovergine

Vince Lovergine joined the WPTA team August 2020 as a multimedia journalist.

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