TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Clarence Parks, the Bishop of Temple of Compassion and Deliverance, is urging people of color to take the coronavirus vaccine.
Bishop Parks said he wants the Black community to know how important it is to get vaccinated. Parks said he’s been trying to get this message out during his sermons and radio interviews
“This is hitting our community real heavy as far as deaths, and as far as people contracting the virus and getting sick from it. I think we need to create a mindset of going out and doing what we can to help our community,” he said.
According to State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs, 15% of coronavirus vaccines have gone to Black people, who make up 38% of the population.
Dobbs said MSDH continues to reach out to leaders of color for help. He said they see more minorities having faith in the vaccine after their pastors or political leaders take it.
Dr. Dobbs said MSDH is also making sure predominately Black communities have access to the vaccine.
Dobbs said many minorities want to get the vaccine from doctors and clinics they know.
“That’s one of the reasons why the community health center cooperation has been so helpful because we know they do really service people not only of color. but people who may have other access issues,” he said.
As for Bishop Parks, he said he wants to get a group of church leaders together to encourage people around the state.