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Coppin State University (CSU), in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), has established a campus COVID-19 vaccination call center to assist communities of color with scheduling appointments to get vaccinated.

“We are pleased to partner with UMMS establish this call center which is specifically designed to improve equitable allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine and expand the emphasis on vaccinating the most vulnerable communities in Baltimore,” said Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins, CSU president.

The call center staff will assist in setting appointments and directing callers to the Baltimore Convention Center Field Hospital (BCCFH), for vaccine shots.

“This call center will offer a valuable alternative for many of Baltimore’s vulnerable residents who may not have access to computers and the internet, therefore limiting their ability to schedule vaccine appointments,” Jenkins said.

African-Americans are nearly 1.5 times more likely to get COVID-19. Those who get COVID-19 are nearly four times more likely to require hospitalization and nearly three times more likely to die.

The Latinx community is almost twice as likely to get COVID-19, and those who are infected are more than four times more likely to need hospitalization and nearly 3 times more likely to die.

Individuals in communities without digital access and in need of assistance registering for a vaccine appointment can call 443-462-5864 or 443-462-5865, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Mondays and Wednesdays, and noon to 6 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays, to schedule an appointment.