Tri County Health Department, community partners holding Black health town hall Saturday

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AURORA | The Tri-County Health Department, the Aurora NAACP and the Colorado Black Health Collaborative are partnering to host the “Outsmart COVID-19 Black Health Town Hall” this Saturday.

The town hall is a virtual meeting where community members can get information about the COVID-19 vaccine and have their questions answered, according to a news release from Tri-County.

“We invite Black residents to use this opportunity to get the most current facts and have their questions answered from the expert physicians,” Tri-County director Dr. John Douglas said in the release.

The vaccination rates of Black residents in the Tri-County region have consistently lagged behind that of their white counterparts in all three counties. According to Tri-County’s COVID data dashboard, 56.3% of non-Hispanic whites have been vaccinated, but only 37.4% of Black residents and 23.5% Of Hispanics.

The town hall will be streamed over Facebook Live on Tri-County’s Facebook page at facebook.com/cotchd

Participants are asked to prepare their questions, which will be answered on a first-come, first-served basis, in advance. Douglas and two other doctors will be on hand to answer medical questions.

Tri-County’s COVID call center is also available to answer questions and help schedule vaccine appointments by calling 303-220-9200 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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