By Genoa Barrow | OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer
Local pediatrician Dr. Mikah Owens has been assisting local schools in transitioning back to in-person instruction after the pandemic forced months of distance learning.
Black folks are still getting sick. Still spreading COVID-19. Still flooding local ERs. Still dying.
Still giving the vaccine the side-eye.
While vaccination mandates are being issued and enforced more frequently, health officials still continue to come up against hesitancy in the Black community.
Local African American doctors are stepping up and speaking out, to allay fears and encourage people to make informed decisions about not only their own health, but also protecting others around them.
Dr. Kristin Gates, an adult primary care physician with Kaiser Permanente Elk Grove, and Dr. Mikah Owen, a pediatrician with UC Davis Medical Group, were guest speakers during a recent Zoom session aimed at training Black community leaders to become “vaccine
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