HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Two companies have received emergency use authorization from the FDA for COVID-19 vaccines. But FDA approval means very little to people who are overwhelming skeptical of any COVID-19 vaccine. Unfortunately, a lot of the skepticism lies with minorities, specifically African Americans.
Acclinate Genetics, a black owned bio-tech company located on the Hudson Alpha campus, received more than $200,000 in CARES Act funding. That money has been allotted for minority education about the vaccine.
The bio-tech company created the #NOWINCLUDED initiative to help educate people about the vaccine and clear up misconceptions. The company created a website filled with educational material. Company leaders have also organized webinars to discuss the vaccine.