DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There are specific efforts underway to get more people from Dallas’ minority-dominant neighborhoods to get vaccinated.

On Monday, March 1, the longest serving elected leader in Dallas County, Commissioner John Wiley Price, received his first COVID-19 vaccine.

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Price admitted he doesn’t care for needles, but his decision to receive his first of two COVID-19 vaccine shots was in part, a means to try to get other Dallas County Black and Latino adults to put aside their apprehension and follow his example.

Public health data shows close to 40% of all COVID-19 infections for Dallas County are among Hispanics and non-Hispanic African Americans.

FEMA, Parkland Hospital and Dallas County Health and Human Services are all providing vaccinations in Price’s Southern Dallas County District.

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The man known as “Our Man Downtown” said he need to advocate for the vaccine for getting the shot for all to see.

John Wiley Price gets COVID-19 vaccine. (CBS 11)

“I’m trying to show leadership and show the way,” he said.  “This is not about an individual, it’s about a community. This is just important for everybody, but particularly for African Americans and Hispanics.”

Price also said he needed to dispel misinformation about the vaccine and remind people it is safe.

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