Cleveland clergy calls for churches to be used as vaccination sites to expand access

Coronavirus

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – The United Pastors in Mission (UPM) of Greater Cleveland held a press conference Tuesday about providing more access to the COVID-19 vaccine in urban areas.

UPM is a group of religious leaders from various ethnicities and denominations.

The event was held at Mt. Zion church in Oakwood Village.

Pastors from prominent church communities called on state leadership to provide 500 vaccines per week to be distributed at area churches as supplies increase.

The clergy says the disparities for COVID-19 vaccine access for people of color is “social neglect.”

UPM leaders say they spoke to Governor Mike DeWine about distribution at churches and he was open to the idea.

Of the 853,965 vaccines given to Ohio’s population, about a third (32%) have been given to minorities, including Blacks, Asians, Latinos, Native Americans, or multi-racial people. That data is according to the Ohio Department of Health.