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Why distrust for COVID-19 vaccines may be higher in African American communities

DENVER, Colo. — Every morning, Jeff Fard looks at his children with hope. This feeling of care and encouragement is one he’s known for years. Fard started the Brother Jeff Cultural Center 27 years ago as a safe place, a place for hope, for young African Americans in his community.

“The entire idea around the cultural center was to deal with health and health disparities in the Black community,” said Fard. “We consider gun violence, and youth violence and all of the things that are happening in the community as part of health and health disparities,” he said.

Now, much of his work centers around the current health crisis, one disproportionately infecting communities of color.

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