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Rep. Neguse encourages vaccinations in African American community in new video

By: - July 27, 2021 1:13 pm

Rep. Joe Neguse of Lafayette speaks on the floor of the U.S. House in support of the American Dream and Dream Act on March 18, 2021. (C-SPAN)

Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat from Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, released a public service announcement video this week to encourage members of the African American community to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

The video included messages from Neguse and several Black community leaders in Colorado. 

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and extremely effective,” Maya Wheeler, the executive director of the African Chamber of Commerce of Colorado, says in the video. 

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“You are doing a good deed for your community,” said Sen. Janet Buckner, who represents the 28th District in the Colorado Senate. 

“COVID-19 has taken so much from so many, and getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones,” said Eula Adams, a member of the Transportation Commission of Colorado. 

In the video, Neguse encourages people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 to talk to their friends and family. 

A press release that accompanied the PSA states that according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 52% of Black Coloradans and 65% of white Coloradans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the COVID-19 vaccine database on the CDPHE website, white Coloradans make up 68% of Coloradans immunized against COVID-19. White Coloradans make up almost 70% of Colorado’s total population. The database states that African American and Black Coloradans make up 3% of Coloradans immunized. African American and Black Coloradans make up almost 4% of Colorado’s population. 

According to the CDPHE website, 3,336,388 people have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 3,067,292 Coloradans were fully vaccinated as of July 25. 

COVID-19 vaccines are not yet available for children under 12. 

The delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading widely in the state. The delta variant made up almost 90% of Colorado COVID-19 cases in the week of July 4, the latest week for which information is available, according to the CDPHE’s COVID-19 database.

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