Racial disparities in vaccination distribution the focus of recent fellowship for Black journalists in NJ

The latest from our reporting fellows:

NJ epidemiologist says blood clot side effects of J&J is incredibly small; two-dose alternative vaccines rolled

By Marivir R. Montebon
April 21, 2021

An epidemiologist here assuaged public anxiety over the blood clot side effects of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, citing that these cases were extremely low and that government has immediately paused its roll-out to ensure that risks were low.

South Jersey face vaccine challenges in communities of color

By Clyde Hughes
March 20, 2021

New Jersey, like the rest of the country, has seen its Black and Latino community suffer the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. Those communities were disproportionately infected. But now with life-saving vaccines available, there is a hesitancy in those same communities to take it.

Local, NJ officials work to overcome vaccine skepticism among Blacks, Latinos

By Clyde Hughes
March 12, 2021

Medical experiments during slavery, the Tuskegee syphilis experiment and healthcare outcome disparities too numerous to count are all etched well in the minds of Blacks when they are told the trust medicine and science when their health is concern.

Newark’s Black churches lend a hand in battle against COVID-19

By D. Kevin McNeir
March 26, 2021

Since its founding in America more than 200 years ago, the Black Church has continued to evolve, expanding its mission, ministries and various roles in the lives of its members and the larger African-American community.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine joins arsenal in battle against COVID-19

By D. Kevin McNeir
March 21, 2021

Based on data released by the Centers for Disease Control, New Jersey received roughly 70,000 doses on Wednesday. An additional 22,500 doses were distributed to Rite Aid and CVS pharmacies which both count among chains included in the Federal Retain Pharmacy Program. But who will be among those citizens that will have a place in line for the J&J vaccine?

Fighting Covid 19 Misinformation

By Raymond Tyler
April 1, 2021

Let’s face it. When it comes to COVID-19. The one thing that can be agreed upon is that Covid-19 has been a pain. The pain of death, sickness, loss of income, and freedom has taking a serious toll on all of us. Everything else about COVID-19, people debate.

Trust — How I decided the COVID-19 vaccine was right for me

By Raymond Tyler
March 25, 2021

Since the vaccine was announced I have personally kept my “cards close to my vest” regarding whether I would take the vaccine or not. In February I was on a zoom call with Rev. Charles Boyer founding director of Salvation and Social Justice. Boyer explains both the history and barriers that have affected people of color getting vaccinated in NJ and in America.

A shot in the arm: Atlantic City vs. COVID-19

By Raymond Tyler
March 11, 2021

Over the next few months we will bring you accurate information about Atlantic City’s and South Jersey’s fight against COVID-19. We will discuss how children have been able to eat without school lunch and the efforts for families to eat with earners out of work.

Answers to your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine in NJ

By Raymond Tyler
January 29, 2021

The second dose is important. You want to try and schedule your follow up at your first vaccination. If that’s not possible? Schedule the follow up as soon as you are able.

Violence against the Asian community still rising

By Raymond Tyler
March 25, 2021

America passed the grim milestone of 500,000 souls gone from Covid-19. A sobering statistic no one would argue. The virus has taken from us all: loved ones, careers, business, and mental health.

Atlantic city and coronavirus, part one

By Raymond Tyler
March 6, 2021

This Interview Regarding Corona Virus and Health Disparities and The Digital Divide in AC is made possible by the help of The Center For Cooperative Media at Montclair State University, and also by a grant from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. The Center is supported with funding from Montclair State University, the Geraldine R. Dodge FoundationDemocracy Fund, the New Jersey Local News Lab (a partnership of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Democracy Fund, and Community Foundation of New Jersey), and the Abrams Foundation. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.