Last Week, Virginia
Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Dr. Dan Carey, and Dr. Danny Avula,
who’s leading implementation of Virginia’s vaccine distribution strategy, came together at the Virginia Association of Community-Based Providers 2021 Spring Conference to report on the state’s efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine with an
emphasis on efforts to reach Virginia’s most vulnerable residents.
During this session, Dr. A’Tasha Christian (Guided Paths) provideed some historical and racial context that may be factors impacting
perceptions of the vaccine among BIPOC individuals.
The program concluded with an agency provider panel featuring Robert Bolling (ChildSavers)
and CRi's Beatrice Claiborne, who spoke about how their agencies have
approached vaccination of staff.
Bea Claiborne, CRi's Director of Nursing, was a key panelist at the event. Beatrice “Bea” Claiborne, RN, CDDN, DON of CRi located in
Chantilly, VA and is a Petersburg, VA native. Bea capitalized on the secondary
education opportunities of her hometown, completing her undergraduate studies
at John Tyler Community College and the University of Phoenix.
foray into nursing practice was in the intuitional setting as a Licensed
Practical Nurse and later became a Registered Nurse. As the Director of
Nursing, Bea functions to provide evidence-based nursing services to optimize
and enhance individual outcomes in the community setting.
Topics of interest in Claiborne's presentions covered Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan and status of implementation, outreach efforts to vulnerable populations and how providers can support those efforts, COVID-19 vaccine myths versus facts, factors contributing to perceptions of the vaccine among BIPOC individuals, & various approaches to vaccinating provider staff.