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COVID-19 task force tries to boost vaccine in Black community

Bob Self
Florida Times-Union
Former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown gets his second dose of the Moderna vaccine from medical assistant Andressa Randolph in April.

The Jacksonville COVID-19 task force, part of a statewide group formed in 2020 to promote the vaccine in the Black community, will provide free vaccines Saturday at two locations.

The task force "is doing its part to combat COVID and ensure that families have a wonderful Christmas since so many families were unable to gather for the holidays last year," said member Betty Burney, founder and executive director of the I'm a Star Foundation, a youth leadership nonprofit.

The goal for the two simultaneous events is "to impact the African American community to get vaccinated," she said.

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