The pandemic has affected everyone, from losing family and friends to sacrificing all parts of life. In early December 2020, as we read about the COVID-19 vaccination progress, we realized that the vaccine provided a chance to end the ever-increasing hospitalizations and return to normalcy. However, as we looked to our community, we encountered countless remarks that challenged the efficacy and safety of the vaccines. These reservations about the vaccines concerned us. So, together, the three of us founded Don’t Wait to Vaccinate. Our organization promotes the vaccine and vaccine registrations in both online and physical spaces.
First, we share infographics online (both on social media and on our website) to augment the spread of reliable information. Second, we host live events. These live events primarily focus on the target zip codes, determined by Dallas County. Residents of these target zip codes typically face significant barriers from getting the vaccine: a lack of internet access, which prevents individuals from registering for the vaccine online; language and social barriers, which make it harder to access information about the vaccine; and economic barriers, which stop individuals from signing up for their vaccination appointment. At our events, we register individuals and their families to get the vaccine. These events, spearheaded by our Executive Director, Leslie Cannon, and our Event Coordinator, Val McKinney, have registered thousands of North Texans to date!