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D.C. Health Reaches Out to Asian Community Through ‘Faith in Vaccine’ Program

The D.C. Department of Health has extended the outreach for its Faith in Vaccine program to its Asian residents.

The Faith in Vaccine program, which utilizes pop-up places of worship for inoculating residents, has vaccinated nearly 4,000 Washingtonians, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported. On Wednesday, in excess of 100 Asian residents came to a Chinese community church in Northwest to receive immunizations.

Census data shows slightly more than 5% of the District’s population consists of Asians and Pacific Islanders, who are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the District, WRC reported.

Dr. Ankoor Shah, the principal senior deputy director of D.C. Health, said “the whole goal of Faith in Vaccine is to bring vaccines into the community for easy access where folks feel comfortable and have confidence in the community.”

Ben de Guzman, the director of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, said his constituents aren’t as fearful of vaccines as some other groups but they are afraid of being the target of hate crimes when they go out in public to be immunized, WRC reported.

As of Thursday, the city has administered approximately 422,000 vaccine doses, with 15.7% of residents now fully vaccinated, according to the health department.

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