NYC Hopes Faith, Community Leaders Can Close Vaccine 'Trust Gap'

Dec 21, 2020

New York City plans to use faith and community leaders to help convince skeptics to take the coronavirus vaccine.

City officials say the way to address the trust gap in minority communities is to give folks vaccine information from people they trust.

Reverend Phil Craig is asking health officials to create a coronavirus vaccination fact sheet for faith leaders. “What is the side effects that may occur for those that may have had it. The Muslim and Hindu communities, they may want to know are there any animal products in the vaccine," he said.

Craig says there is suspicion in the vaccine because history hasn’t been kind to communities of color in the area of health. He points to the Tuskegee experiments as an example.