Faith, community leaders emphasize importance of community outreach in vaccinating Virginians


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Faith and community leaders across Hampton Roads have been meeting weekly to help vaccinate the community.

On Tuesday, the “Get Out the Vaccine” virtual event included special guest, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).

Other guests included Dr. Tremayne Johnson, president of the Concerned Clergy 757, and Dr. Dwight Riddick, senior pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Newport News.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Kaine preached the virtues of the vaccine to local faith leaders, saying the vaccines are proven to “avoid Covid, lessen the chance you’ll have serious COVID [if you do get it] and get rid of long-term consequences of COVID.”

By mid-month, the senator said, we will no longer have a supply problem. What he and concerned clergy on the call said they worry about is a demand problem.

“What I see as the challenge now is to change the paradigm to take the vaccinations literally into the community pop-up clinics, mobile units,” said the Rev. Dr. Keith Jones, of Shiloh Baptist Church in Norfolk.

On the call, officials from several cities answered him that they’re working on it.

“It’s nice when people can just walk to their community centers and come in. It doesn’t have to be a large clinic, so we are looking at those. We are also looking at addressing the home-bound residents,” said Hampton Emergency Management Coordinator Hui-Shan Walker.

Hampton is currently working with the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to take over mass vaccinations at the Hampton Roads Convention Center so the city’s team can concentrate on underserved communities.

“If the state can take over mass vaccine site and let local health officials go out and do an outreach into communities that still haven’t been vaccinated, that’s the key to really making this work,” Kaine said.

Gaylene Kanoyton, president of Celebrate Healthcare LLC and forum moderator said equity is important.

“The fear that’s there now is that equity is not happening because Black and brown people are not registering in the system and so we have to treat this just like voter registration,” she said.

Kanoyton said there are teams on the ground now knocking on doors to register people for shots. More will be hired next week.

Here are the specifics if you’re interested in applying:

Field Coordinator job responsibilities:

  • Responsible for implementing a field teams’ job fair efforts in a health district/County of the Commonwealth.
  • Work with Recruiting Lead on recruiting tactics for each county visited.
  • Liaison with local Career Source for recruiting efforts.
  • Work with local Health Department contacts to make connections with local staffing referral sources.
  • Supervise local hired Outreach Specialists


  • Planning skills
  • Communication skills
  • Recruiting/interviewing skills
  • Delegation
  • Informing others
  • Reporting skills

Education, experience, and licensing requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Five years’ experience
  • Specific Emergency Management, Recruiting, or Project Management experience preferred.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Excel software

Work Environment:

  • In-state travel is required.
  • Work includes some evenings and weekends.
  • Work is performed in various settings (community, partnering agencies, etc.). 
  • Full-time, 40-50 hours/week for the duration of the engagement.
  • Salary range: $30-40/hour

Vaccination Program Outreach Specialists

Outreach Specialists Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct Outreach to inform community members about benefits of vaccination
  • Assist community members with registration for vaccinations
  • Assist with logistics for recruiting programs, town hall meetings, etc. including staffing registration tables, passing out flyers, etc.

Qualifications / Skills:

  • Communication skills
  • Informing others
  • Reporting skills

Education, Experience, and Licensing Requirements:

  • High school diploma preferred.
  • Will train for job duties.
  • Bilingual ability encouraged to apply

Work Environment:

  • Work includes some evenings and weekends.
  • Work is performed in various settings (community, partnering agencies, etc.)
  • Part-time, 15-25 hours/week for the duration of the engagement.
  • Salary range: $18-22/hour

Those interested in applying should email and mention Gaylene Kanoyton’s name.

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