Huntsville, AL – You will see several familiar faces in Huntsville Hospital’s newest campaign to encourage the community to get educated about COVID-19 vaccinations. Black elected leaders from North Huntsville showed unity as they explained why they were confident in the COVID-19 vaccine.
Taking the vaccine will control the numbers, reduce the numbers of deaths. We can stop COVID. COVID doesn’t have to stop us,” said Michelle Watkins, Huntsville City School Board District 1.
That sentiment is echoed by Rep. Laura Hall who has received vaccination. “Did I have questions? Yes. Did I get answers? Yes. And I feel much safer having received the vaccination than not.”
The leaders acted upon a request of the North Huntsville Community United for Action (NHCUA), and organization comprised of leaders in health, governmental, political, social, and religious entities within this community. NHCUA commissioned a task force, composed of all the local Black elected officials to work with the responsible medical leadership to expedite access to the vaccines, while at the same time educating those members in the target community of the pros and cons of being vaccinated.
NHCUA president, Dr. Oscar Montgomery commends the leaders, “We applaud those elected officials who accepted the challenge and are presently laboring to fulfill their charge.”