Week-18 of Kent’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program to Focus on African American and Immigrant Communities

Last week, during Week-17 of Kent’s COVID-19 vaccination program, the Kent County Health Department received 1,200 COVID-19 vaccines. The allocation broken down is 400 first doses and 600 second doses of the Moderna vaccine, and 200 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Of the Moderna vaccines, 300 first doses and 300 second doses are set aside for the Vaccine Equity Task Force, an initiative to vaccinate the African American community here in Kent.

“The initiative is to deal with vaccine hesitancy,” said Kent County Health Officer William Webb in a brief interview on Monday. He said the initiative is working with church groups in Kent to get African American community to the clinics.

Webb said the initiative will administer 100 first doses a week for the next three weeks followed by three consecutive weeks of second doses beginning four weeks from now.

The health department will also administer 190 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week during Week-18 of Kent’s vaccination program.

Another initiative, separate from Kent’s Week-18 allocation, is a FEMA initiative in partnership with Kent and Cecil counties to vaccinate the immigrant population working in the agricultural community — using the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Webb said there are 1,500 doses available this week at the Warwick Mushroom Farm.

“The goal is to target more rural, difficult-to-serve populations,” Webb said. “The intent is to serve the Spanish-speaking population working in the agricultural community in Cecil and Kent; that includes egg and mushroom farms and the nurseries.”

Webb said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was ideal for the agricultural workers because “they move around a lot,” and getting them back for a second shot in the four-week time window required for a two-shot immunization process may prove difficult.

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2 comments

  1. I had the privilege of meeting the vaccination team who were setting up a temporary clinic at the Shrewsbury Episcopal Church on Sunday April 11th. This congregation sponsors a Sunday afternoon worship service in Spanish every weekend, and once a month they host a community meal. Most of the people who attend these events are long-term residents of Kent County, and most of them are quite “legal”. The clinic was scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm and go until all available doses had been injected . Signs advertising the event were located at the end of Shrewsbury Lane on Route 213. Everything was in place and ready to go when I was there at Noon. I want to thank Kurt Wade (from the Shrewsbury congregation) and all the employees and volunteers from the CountyHealth Department who made this event possible. It was their response to hearing that some temporary workers had brought the virus with them this spring to some of the agricultural farms in our area. Anyone who saw the signs by the road could come in. I think they anticipated inoculating several hundred people . I want to thank Mr. Wade and all those who took time out of their weekend schedules to assist this vulnerable population. Our county works best when we care about all our neighbors.

  2. These people are our front line workers and don’t have the luxury of working from home. These people are probably the most vulnerable because of wealth inequality and the burden this places on their access to health care. So I congratulate The Kent County Health Department and all the folks mentioned in the above article. I just feel their prioritization should have been a no brainer from the beginning and not something anyone deserves a pat on the back for. I’m just pushing the point that we have much work ahead is dissolving this segregated thinking.

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