ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (January 29, 2021) County Executive Dr. Sam Page has tapped nearly 20 community leaders with deep roots in north St. Louis County to help increase vaccine registration and work with the county Department of Public Health to ensure all residents are connected to the latest COVID-19 information.
â€œWe must engage communities that are underrepresented to ensure everyone has access to the vaccine,â€� said Dr. Page. â€œAnd that is our commitment.â€�
A breakdown by ZIP code of those pre-registered shows low participation in several areas of north St. Louis County. Pre-registration is as low as 3 percent in some north county communities and as high as 39 percent in the central part of the county.
The North County Outreach Group will work closely with Damon Broadus, the director of Health Promotion and Public Health Research, and with Rochelle Walton Gray, COVID-19 Vaccine Community Outreach Coordinator. Both were hired by the Health Department to bolster the Countyâ€™s response to the pandemic, focusing on the vaccine rollout.
Broadus served as regional community impact director before joining the Health Department. Walton Gray is a former County Councilwoman and state representative and long-time resident of north St. Louis County.
â€œWith this response, itâ€™s all hands on deck,â€� said County Executive Page. â€œThis group of community leaders will help us reach our most vulnerable and the historically underserved.â€�
The members of the North County Outreach Group are: