SCHENECTADY – A COVID-19 vaccination clinic at a historically Black church is reportedly scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Walk-in appointments are available while supplies last, according to information posted on social media about the clinic at Mount Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, 1055 Wendell Ave.
Attempts to reach anyone at the church for additional information were unsuccessful Sunday.
Much attention has been given to Black participation rates for the COVID-19 vaccine, given reporting of a general distrust of the medical profession that is at times rooted in the Tuskegee study of untreated syphilis in Black men.
In the Tuskegee study, which began in 1932 and ended four decades later, researchers never informed the 600 study participants about its real purpose. The participants who had syphilis were never given adequate treatment for the disease.
In regards to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that information about race was known for just over half of people who received at least one dose of the vaccine as of March 15.
Among this group, about two-thirds were white, 9 percent were Hispanic, 8 percent were Black, 5 percent were Asian, 2 percent were American Indian or Alaska native, and less than 1 percent were native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. Another 11 percent reported there were of multiple races or another race.
The CDC has yet to provide state-by-state demographic data for people vaccinated for COVID-19.
Schenectady County’s overall tally of new positive cases increased by 26 Saturday, out of 1,645 people tested. The new cases brought the countywide total to 11,407 positive cases.
Statewide, there were 7,938 new positive cases Saturday, bringing New York’s caseload to over 1.78 million.