As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available, the Greater Louisville Medical Society (GLMS) Foundation is launching a public health campaign encouraging community members to get the vaccine once they are eligible.
The campaign encourages all residents, with a focus on Black, Spanish-speaking and elderly Kentuckians, to learn more about the vaccine and includes two videos, one in English and one in Spanish, featuring a diverse group of local physicians.
In the videos, Dr. Luisa Franco, Dr. Lewis Hargett and Dr. Christian Davis Furman assure viewers that the COVID-19 vaccination is safe, effective and the right thing to do to protect yourself and those around you.
“To move past this deadly pandemic, all Kentuckians should get the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s their turn,” said Thomas Reichard, MD, GLMS Foundation Board Chair. “The COVID-19 vaccine has been through rigorous research, development and testing and is a safe and an effective means of protecting ourselves and our communities against this disease. Thousands of Kentuckians have already received their vaccine, and we hope that hearing from trusted, local physicians will encourage others to do the same.”
As a physician who cares deeply about the greater Louisville community, my top priority is protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of my patients. That’s why I’m asking Kentuckians to do their part and get the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Luisa M. Franco, a nephrologist with Kidney Care Consultants PSC. “While misinformation about the vaccine has certainly made the rounds, it’s important to know the facts: the vaccine is safe, effective and saves lives.”
“Our message is simple: when it’s your turn, get your COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Lewis Hargett, treasurer of the Greater Louisville Medical Society (GLMS) and president of Falls City Medical Society (FCMS). “The data shows that Black Americans and other minority groups are getting vaccinated at significantly lower rates than white Americans, and Kentucky is no exception. I firmly believe that we can overcome this disparity by ensuring all Kentuckians have access to the information and resources they need to learn about the COVID-19 vaccine and make their appointment once it’s their turn.”
“COVID-19 can be life-threatening for anyone who contracts but poses particular risk for older adults and people with existing health conditions,” said Dr. Christian Davis Furman, MSPH, Medical Director of the UofL Trager Institute. “Getting your COVID-19 vaccine is a small step that can make a big difference in your life and the lives of those around you.”
The videos will be promoted throughout the greater Louisville region as the vaccine becomes more widely available.
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For more COVID-19 resources and information, visit glms.org/covid-19-resources.