CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 18, 2021 – To ensure equity in access to COVID-19 vaccines within underserved communities, Atrium Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health are partnering with National Urban League North Carolina affiliates Urban League of Central Carolinas and Winston-Salem Urban League to co-host vaccination events in Charlotte and Winston-Salem. The partnership is an extension of the Community Immunity For All collaborative, an effort to coordinate on-site vaccination events with local organizations reaching Black, African American, Hispanic and Latinx communities.
National Urban League North Carolina affiliates, Atrium Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health will co-host vaccination events for those eligible who may experience barriers to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The co-hosted events are possible thanks to grant funding received by the National Urban League to support vaccine distribution among underserved communities.
In addition to co-hosted vaccination events, the Urban League of Central Carolinas and Winston-Salem Urban League Young Professional Groups will serve as members of Atrium Health’s newly launched Community Vaccine Ambassador Program. Ambassadors will educate their networks of family, friends, coworkers and organizations about the vaccine and encourage community members to get vaccinated. The goal of Atrium Health’s Community Vaccine Ambassador Program is to help families be with each other again, get people back to work sooner, support schools in reopening and staying open, and build trust in the community around the COVID-19 vaccine.