As coronavirus vaccinations of frontline healthcare workers are rolled out across the country, many in the Black and Hispanic community say they aren’t so sure they want it. A recent Pew Research Center study finds less than half of Black adults polled say they plan to get vaccinated. In this episode of Insights, the Office of Equity and Inclusion’s podcast, Angela Branche, an assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases; Jackie Dozier, a vaccine trial participant; and Linda Clark, a practicing physician and president of the Rochester Black Physicians Network, discuss what it will take for medicine to build trust in communities of color in order to get the COVID-19 vaccine to some of the populations hardest hit by the pandemic. 

Weblink to podcast: https://equityandinclusion.libsyn.com/vaccine-skepticism-in-communities-of-color-0


1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)

The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM – 10PM, 7 days week, to help New Yorkers determine if they are eligible and schedule vaccination appointments.

A state-run vaccine clinic at the Dome Arena opened on January 20th.  Appointments are available online through the Am I Eligible? website or at the NYS hotline: 1-833-697-4829

Vaccines are free. No one has to pay for a vaccination and no one can be denied a vaccination, regardless of ability to pay. Vaccination providers may charge an administration fee for giving someone the shot, but the fee will be reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company.

Uninsured patients do not have to pay any fee. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay the vaccine administration fee. If an individual believes they are the victim of an unlawful activity, such incurring financial costs when assessing a COVID vaccine, they can report it to the NYS Attorney General.

Rapid COVID Testing 

  • Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School, 501 Genesee St., 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 19 and 26. *Please note time change from previous testing dates.

It takes only 5 minutes! Best to pre-register at 3-1-1, or online by clicking pre-register. Any positive results will be ready in 20 minutes!

Monroe County COVID-19 Information

New York State COVID-19 Information

Dear Community Members:

The ROC Food Policy Council website is officially live! Rochester is taking bold steps to plan for a food policy council that can support positive changes in our food systems and policies. Common Ground Health, the City of Rochester and Foodlink have come together to lead this effort with the help of the community.

We have spoken with hundreds of community members, and also national food policy council experts. We will soon make recommendations for how a Rochester food policy council can be formed and how it will work. Starting in March, we plan to offer multiple community input sessions for residents to learn more and provide feedback. Our goal is to launch the Rochester Food Policy Council this summer.
In the meantime, you can learn more about the project at rocfoodpolicy.org. Comments and questions can be emailed to rocfoodpolicy@commongroundhealth.org.