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Covid-19 devastated this small city. Volunteers are going door-to-door to ensure people get vaccinated

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The last 12 months have been tolling for Linda Harris, who lives in a small Southwest Georgia city hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris, a city recreation supervisor and lifelong resident, canvasses poor and disadvantaged neighborhoods to create awareness of local vaccine resources.

On a recent sunny afternoon, Harris along with a few other volunteers trek around for miles throughout South Albany knocking on hundreds of doors passing out flyers informing residents of a nearby weekend vaccination pop-up site.

"We're being hit the hardest with this, and we're trying to talk to them [at risk communities] so they can come out and get the vaccine.

It's a choice, if they choose to take the vaccine or not.

The grassroots campaign is a joint effort between Phoebe Putney Health Systems, the only hospital system in southwest Georgia, and the City of Albany.

Phoebe Putney Health Systems data show that White people are being vaccinated at more than twice the rate of Black residents.

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