JERSEY CITY, NJ - Brenda (not her real name) says she doesn’t know if she will get the COVID-19 vaccine. She is a bit nervous about it, and figures she’ll skip it unless mandated by her employer as a requirement to go back to work.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic put her out of work, she was employed in a job that put her in contact with a lot of people.
While she is concerned to some degree about catching the virus, she said she is a bit nervous about how quickly the vaccine was developed, and uncertain whether it is safe.
Aware of the fact that there are many more people just like Brenda, Hudson County has launched an awareness campaign that will feature a diverse set of county residents and is designed to increase acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines, particularly in communities of color. The campaign, which launched Tuesday, will include a variety of digital media and other types of outreach, with its first video featuring Hudson County Director of Health & Human Services Darice Toon speaking about why she decided to get the vaccine.
“Darice Toon’s message to Hudson County residents is both simple and powerful: ‘trust the science, be a part of the solution,’ and I commend her for speaking out about this incredibly important issue,” said County Executive Tom DeGise. “In order to beat back this pandemic we will need as many people as possible to get vaccinated and that means confronting some very real and historically justified fears, particularly in Black and Latino communities. That’s exactly why this campaign is so important and why we are excited to start it today.”
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