Dr. Parish and the staff at Comprehensive Wellness choose to celebrate April as National Minority Health Month. As stated in the FDA’s article dedicated to vaccination readiness, “There are many questions about how we effectively diagnose, treat, and prevent COVID-19, which continues to disproportionately impact racial and ethnic minority communities, Tribal communities, and other diverse groups. Many Black and Hispanic Americans have been getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at lower rates than white Americans, but are more likely to contract COVID-19, be hospitalized, and die from the disease.”
Physicians, medical groups, and government agencies alike have tried to address the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine. From in person appointments, to drive through vaccine clinics, health parties have focused on establishing the best way to enable appropriate allocation of available vaccine supply.
During the January COVID-19 drive thru vaccination clinic in Lafayette, orchestrated by Dr. Parish, the primary goal was to get as many vaccines as possible into the eligible population. Now in April, as the eligible population has expanded, the new goal is to address the concern of lower vaccination rates in racial and ethnic minority communities and other diverse groups. For more information on this from the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) visit www.fda.gov/healthequity