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Health professional calls for better vaccine access for minorities

Elaine Houston
Created: May 27, 2021 07:00 PM

A year into the pandemic, a local Black health care professional is calling for changes in Albany County's COVID vaccination response to make sure Blacks have better access.

She's created a team that has vaccinated thousands of Blacks, but wonders what happens when the next health crisis occurs?

Dr. Brenda Robinson's passion to become a nurse was nurtured as a child by watching her grandmother aid the shut-in.

However, she says when it came time for her grandparents to receive medical care for cancer, it was deficient, uncaring and doctors didn't educate them.

The relationship between Blacks and the medical profession has been strained for years. The pandemic illuminated the health disparities, but Robinson says a year later, not much changed.

So Robinson, the founder of the Black Nurses Coalition, took to social media and Zoom to educate Blacks about the virus.

When the vaccine became available, she returned to Zoom to explain it. Her group then hit the streets, vaccinating Blacks, but again she says health disparities made it difficult.

The national media noted her actions and the thousands of people her group vaccinated. However, in Albany County where she made numerous attempts to be part of or designate other minorities to sit at the table with the Albany County executive and health care decision makers to discuss vaccine access for minorities, she was snubbed.

Learn more about what Robinson says must be done to improve health care for this group by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.


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