menu

contact

donate

event photos

videos

2022 dates announced

contact

event photos

videos

donate

Jobs

Experts: Covid-19 vaccine is safe, effective. Get vaccinated now!

The surest and fastest way out of the Covid-19 pandemic that has plagued our country and the world for the past year is to get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible. Yet in some communities there is hesitancy about the vaccines.

Though ample evidence exists that the vaccines are safe and highly effective, the ill treatment in this country of people of African origins has led to widespread mistrust of any large governmental medical intervention. That mistrust is understandable, and must be surmounted if we are to emerge from pandemic restrictions.

In an effort to overcome doubts, the African Leadership Group earlier held a two-hour Covid-19 virtual forum, featuring several medical experts, as well as Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. As an added bonus, Senegalese recording star Carlou D. performed, live from Senegal, a pro-vaccination song he wrote specially for the event.

The event was cosponsored by the City and County of Denver, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Black Health Collaborative, and Stride Community Health Center.

As a follow-up to this event, ALG and CDPHE are hosting a large-scale Covid-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday, April 17 at ALG’s offices, 10700 E. Evans Avenue in Aurora, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please make an appointment in advance here.

Mayor Hancock set the tone for the forum at the outset, making it clear that he empathized with people who felt hesitant about the vaccines. 

“We’ve got to be real about our history and why we distrust the medical system the way we do,” Hancock said. “We know that we have been used as guinea pigs, and it has left us scarred, through generations…And so, we have got to work through those fears, acknowledge them and be real about them.”

Having said that, however, Hancock stressed that vaccines are safe and not experimental. “Nothing was more important to me than making sure my 81-year-old mother got vaccinated as soon as she could.,” he said. “She got it and she is fine. I would never subject her to something I was fearful of. I knew it was important for her to get vaccinated.”

Following Hancock, several medical professionals explained how the vaccines were developed and distributed, why people should feel confident that they are safe, and what mild symptoms they might experience in the hours after vaccination.

“We are having some equity issues when it comes to the vaccine,” said Dr. Terri Richardson, an interest at kaiser Permanente Colorado. “The white population has gotten to the front of the line.” That’s why vaccine clinics like the one ALG will offer later this month are so important, she said. “When you have the opportunity, make sure to go in and get vaccinated.”

You can watch the full video of the ALG/CDPHE forum below.

Bulletin Board

Don’t miss the upcoming Homeownership and Financial Workshop!

Please join us from 4-6PM on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the African Leadership Group (ALG) Center, 10700 E. Evans Ave., Aurora, CO 80014...

Entrepreneurship Workshop Cohort 2 has launched!

Sponsored by Amazon: The African Leadership Group (ALG) presents the Entrepreneurship Workshop. Would you like to LEARN HOW TO START AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS? The...

Come celebrate Public Speaking Class Cohort 11!

After 12 weeks of hard work, it is now time to celebrate the next generation of leaders! Public Speaking Cohort 11 had many impressive moments highlighted...

Related Stories

Don’t miss the upcoming Homeownership and Financial Workshop!

Please join us from 4-6PM on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the African Leadership Group (ALG) Center, 10700 E. Evans Ave., Aurora, CO 80014...

Entrepreneurship Workshop Cohort 2 has launched!

Sponsored by Amazon: The African Leadership Group (ALG) presents the Entrepreneurship Workshop. Would you like to LEARN HOW TO START AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS? The...

Come celebrate Public Speaking Class Cohort 11!

After 12 weeks of hard work, it is now time to celebrate the next generation of leaders! Public Speaking Cohort 11 had many impressive moments highlighted...

ALG’s entrepreneurship workshop second cohort starts June 6

The African Leadership Group’s first-ever, six-week entrepreneurship workshop is well underway, to rave reviews, and we are already seeking people to take part in the second cohort later this spring.

Parent perspective: A better school year for my kids

As a parent I’m happy my kids were able to go back into school and be in person for their learning.  I see the difference in my kids' learning compared to last year.

Upcoming Events