On Friday, several local leaders pledged their commitment to combat the coronavirus disease by getting the COVID -19 vaccine.
Dekalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and Milton Little, president of United Way of Greater Atlanta, received the coronavirus vaccine to encourage minority communities to get vaccinated.
The Dekalb County Board of Health reports, few residents are taking advantage of the opportunity to get the vaccine. That’s even though minority groups in Georgia and nationwide are disproportionately affected by the virus.
DeKalb County officials say everyone who wants the vaccine will ultimately be able to get a shot during the assigned rollout phase. But, the county has experienced some delays and is asking for patience.
Earlier this week, Senator-elect Raphael Warnock received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Several civil rights icons received COVID-19 vaccination shots at Morehouse School of Medicine to encourage more African Americans to get vaccinated when it becomes widely available.