St. Louis, MO – AIM Laboratories, a locally owned and operated diagnostics lab that has performed nearly 1 million COVID-19 tests in the St. Louis region to date, announced it has joined forces with healthcare organizations and community leaders to address vaccine hesitancy. The community outreach campaign, called STLVAX, which was kicked off at NAACP offices, Friday, Sept. 10., seeks to depoliticize the discussion and meet people where they are. “We have seen firsthand how this pandemic has adversely effected people of color and we wanted to be part of the solution,” said Sonny Naqvi, CEO of AIM Labs. “By working with city and county officials, as well as community clinics and the NAACP, we hope to build trust, present the facts, and ultimately increase vaccination rates.” In the city of St. Louis, where nearly half of the approximate 300,000 residents are African American, only 40.5% of residents have received at least one vaccine dose. Statewide, 45.5% of residents have received at least an initial shot, which significantly trails the national rate of 55.6%.
The community outreach campaign includes video testimonials by voices in St. Louis City and County, as well as ordinary residents, who tell compelling stories to help people overcome vaccine hesitancy. It also involves door-to-door canvassing in disadvantaged areas of the city and county where misinformation is leading to mistrust. AIM Labs has also providing a limited number of free COVID-19 antibody tests at health fairs and events throughout the city and county.
“It is essential that we approach people from a point of understanding, rather than judgement,” said John Bowman, head of the St. Louis County NAACP who is leading the canvassing effort. “This cannot be a top-down effort. We need to meet people where they are, explain the facts, and direct them to resources so we can all fully recover from this pandemic.” To learn more about the community outreach campaign, go to aimlaboratories.com/STLVAX or STLVAX.com.
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About AIM Laboratories AIM Laboratories is a locally owned, full-service diagnostics lab that provides tests that inform, and data enables insight for healthier lives. AIM Laboratories serves its healthcare clients by rapidly informing their patients of the results, educating them with intuitive reports, and inspiring them to take charge of their own health with that data. AIM Laboratories is located at 3165 McKelvey Road in Bridgeton, MO. For more information, visit http://aimlaboratories.com or call 314-743-3748.