COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Program at Broward Regional Health Planning Council Welcomes New Program Director, Jasmin D. Shirley

 Submitted by  Nicole Cohen

Jasmin D. Shirley was the former Sr. Vice President of Community Health Services of the North Broward Hospital District d/b/a Broward Health. For over 15 years, she had oversight of the day-to-day operations of Community Health Services division inclusive of primary care centers, home health and hospice agency, an infusion company, urgent care center, and physician practice. After more than 35 years of experience in health administration, she retired in February 2018. In 2021, the COVID-19 Pandemic ushered forth another opportunity to serve the community and Ms. Shirley was called out of retirement by the Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) in December 2021. She accepted the challenge to develop and mobilize a workforce of community health workers and medical professionals engaged to provide education and outreach to non-vaccinated individuals and those experiencing vaccine hesitancy, with the end goal of getting them completely vaccinated and boosted. Shirley now serves as the Program Director of COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach with a team of local health/hospital systems and community-based organizations throughout Broward County.

The Importance of Vaccines and Boosters

The program’s community partners include Holy Cross Health, Memorial Health Care System and Mount Olive Development Corporation (MODCO). With the collaboration of our dedicated community partners working together to transform our community’s health, the program’s overall mission is to build vaccine confidence amongst communities with highest rates of hesitancy and support equitable vaccine access to communities facing greatest challenges. As of May 31, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 83,949,036 cases and 1,0002,070 total deaths in the United States since the beginning of the pandemic. In Broward County alone, there have been over 627,000 cases and over 5,873 deaths due to the pandemic. Vaccines and boosters are a critical part of protecting yourself and your community from getting severely sick or dying from COVID-19. People are best protected from serious illness due to COVID-19 when they stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes getting all boosters recommended when eligible. After completing your COVID-19 vaccine initial series, according to the CDC, everyone ages 50 years and older should get one booster. Adults ages fifty and older and people ages twelve and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are recommended to get a second booster.

 Fast. Safe. FREE.

     When you’re sick, ordinary things become the most wonderful things in the world. Like going to work in the morning, spending time with your family, and feeling like your normal self. Why put all that at risk because you did not get a fast, safe, and FREE COVID-19 vaccine? Get your vaccine today by calling Ms. Shirley directly at (954) 561-9681 x 1261 to find a vaccine site near you… and the best part is, no appointment is necessary!

 Connect With Us

Stay up to date with current events regarding the pandemic and program updates by connect with Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. #BRHPCHealth

Contact Information

For more information, support, and assistance with community resources available to support vaccine access, contact Jasmin D. Shirley, MSPH, Program Director, at (954) 561-9681 x 1261 or email Jdshirley@brhpc.org

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