Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center tries to convince vaccine hesitant residents to get vaccinated
Even as vaccine distribution is increasing, one Westchester health care center
is dealing with issues of vaccine hesitancy.
The Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center deals with a large minority
Research shows that minorities have been hardest hit by the coronavirus, but
there is still a widespread distrust among them to get the vaccine.
Tawanna Youngblood says she doesn’t feel comfortable getting the vaccine
because there isn’t enough information.
Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center CEO Judith Watson says they were on the
brink of convincing residents to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and then
it was paused.
The one-dose vaccines were halted by recommendations from the Food and Drug
Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when six
women developed a rare blood clot.
“We’re now having to deal with not only the original hesitancy and fear,”
Watson says “But trying to convince folks that six cases out of 7 million doses
doesn’t make it a non-starter.”
The Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, and its affiliates in Yonkers and
Greenburgh, still are offering the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
Mount Vernon also offers a walk-in site for coronavirus testing.