BLACK PASTORS HESITANT TO ENDORSE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE FOR CONGREGATIONS, BLACK AMERICANS

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BLACK PASTORS HESITANT TO ENDORSE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE FOR CONGREGATIONS, BLACK AMERICANS

BLACK PASTORS HESITANT TO ENDORSE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE FOR CONGREGATIONS, BLACK AMERICANS

When a major healthcare organization asked A.R. Bernard, the Black head of a megachurch in Brooklyn to sit on a committee tasked with boosting acceptance of coronavirus vaccines in communities of color in New York City, he demurred.

Bernard, who leads the Christian Cultural Center, the largest church in the city, said he turned down the offer because he worried some members of his congregation could view his participation as “joining forces with the system” to use African Americans “as guinea pigs” for vaccines that have been developed in record time.

Like most of the dozen Black faith leaders Reuters interviewed, Bernard did not yet want to show public support for an inoculation he feels he does not know enough about and risk jeopardizing his community’s trust.

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