Virtual Town Hall in Omaha to Explore Why Some Minority Communities Are Reluctant to Get COVID Vaccine

June 3, 2021, 5 p.m. ·

A medical worker preparing to give a vaccine into a woman's left arm.
Doane University is a private institution requiring vaccines for students before or soon after the start of the fall semester. (Archive photo)

Minority communities in the Omaha area are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at a significantly lower rate than other populations. On Saturday, Creighton University’s Center for Health and Health Equity is holding a virtual town hall meeting to try to find out why. 

The virtual faith-based town hall meeting will be held on zoom and will ask members of three traditionally African-American churches in the Omaha area why the vaccine rate is so low in their community.

Faith-based coordinator Doris Lassiter will serve as the moderator of the town hall meeting and said the goal is to figure out what the community can do to change the vaccination story.

"The data tells the story to us and we want to change the story. Because African Americans are behind in getting vaccines in comparison to white populations and compared to other minority populations.”

Lassiter said they will be listening closely to the input they get from those in attendance.

"It's very concerning to us that we're so behind in all of this. You know is it access to care? Are there not enough sites? If there are sites, what is the issue with not getting the vaccine? And that’s what we’re going to find out from the community.”

The town hall meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on Zoom. You need to register in advance. Featured churches at the meeting will include Mt. Nebo, New Beginning and Mt. Moriah churches.