Chairs of the local Republican and Democratic parties joined in making a statement on Aug. 20, encouraging people in the county to consider getting vaccinated against covid-19. They met for a brief press conference in Central City Park.
“We have joined together today as your friends, your neighbors, and even as the stranger you may meet on the street to ask one thing,” a written statement said, “that you please consider getting the covid-19 vaccine. Covid-19 has no prejudice. It does not care about your gender or race, religious or political affiliation, what job you may have or what your address may be.”
Democratic party leader Jack Reno and Republican party leader Paul Barrett were joined by NAACP president Brittney Hernandez-Stevenson and Central City Mayor, Tony Armour.
Armour said he initially didn’t plan on getting vaccinated. “I started thinking with my age, I’m starting to get old,” he laughed, “I have a better chance if I get the shot.” Armour said people spreading conspiracies about the vaccine is a big part of the problem.
“I let my political beliefs get in the way,” said Central City Street Supervisor Tim Terry. Terry said his conversations with friends and coworkers who had been sick with covid-19 changed his mind about getting vaccinated. “What does it hurt for me to step forward? If it’s not for yourself, but for your neighbor, to at least take the shot. Maybe you prevent them from getting it.”
Reno said people should seek answers for their questions about the vaccine by talking to their doctor. “If you trust your doctor with your daily health, do it.”
“The vaccine is new,” Barrett said. “It doesn’t have a track record, so I think people are a little fearful of what may happen. There are fears, but with that said, let’s reconsider.” Barrett said people should weigh the risk of adverse affects of the vaccine against the risk of contracting covid-19.
“If you won’t get the vaccine for yourself, then consider doing it for the ones you love. Do it for your family, do it for your community,” their joint statement read.