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.READ MORE: Parker County Pet Owner Offers $1K Reward For Safe Return Of Dogs 'Ila' And 'Bentley'
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.READ MORE: Woman Hit And Killed By Driver After Couple On Interstate-30 Crashes Vehicle While Arguing
The man known as “Our Man Downtown” said he need to advocate for the vaccine for getting the shot for all to see.
“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.MORE NEWS: Kindness Campaign Pays Off Big For North Texas Business