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Back to School Checklist: Don’t Leave Out the COVID-19 Shot

Updated: Aug 16, 2022

Council of Negro Women stress importance of minority children getting their COVID-19 shots as part of their vaccination requirements.

TAMPA – Hospitalizations and deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic have disproportionately impacted people of color. Many of us have been impacted directly, knows someone who has been impacted or have lost family or friends from the disease.

To help address the devastation in our communities and help advance health equity, the Tampa Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is partnering with the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) to participate in the national Good Health WINs program. Tampa Alumni and the NCNW is working to create trusted messengers for COVID-19, flu and routine vaccine awareness in the Black and Hispanic communities in the Tampa Bay community.

NCNW is a Washington, D.C.-based charitable organization making a difference in the lives of women, children, and families through a four-pronged strategy that emphasizes entrepreneurship, health equity, STEAM education, and civic engagement. Founded 85 years ago, NCNW has 300 community and campus-based sections and 32 national affiliates representing more than 2,000,000 women and men.

“The health and safety of our children is important to all,” noted Dr. James Brookins and Ryan DeSousa, members of the Tampa Alumni Chapter health committee.

Rates of routine childhood vaccination (against diseases such as measles, polio, and meningococcal disease) have fallen over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. These wellness vaccinations prevent outbreaks of dangerous diseases and help keep children safe in schools and communities.

As the school season approaches, now is a great time to ensure our children are vaccinated against COVID-19 and that they get their routine vaccinations. COVID vaccines are now available for children ages 6 months and up.

Why should you vaccinate your children against COVID-19? It protects them from hospitalization and death without the risks that comes with natural infections.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that vaccination of children born between 1994 and 2018 in the U.S. will prevent 936,000 deaths and 419 million illnesses. If someone is vaccinated, that means they have a reduced risk of contracting and passing along a dangerous disease. By stopping transmission, they can be a part of protecting their loved ones, community, and people they may never even know who are particularly vulnerable to infections.

We have the power to protect our children from vaccine-preventable diseases. Make sure your family is up to date on recommended vaccines. Contact your health care provider or check out for more information.

To learn more about the Good Health WINs program visit

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