The Latest: NFL Hall of Famers help push vaccine awareness

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Kansas head coach Bill Self watches player introductions before an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 men's tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, March 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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Five Pro Football Hall of Famers are partnering with Centene Corporation to increase education and awareness around COVID-19 vaccines through a series of public service announcements.

The PSAs began airing nationally Friday on television and digital platforms and focus particularly on communities of color.

Hall of Famers taking part include include Anthony Muñoz, in both English and Spanish, Darrell Green, Aeneas Williams, and Drew Pearson. Also contributing are broadcaster Lisa Salters, South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley, and Iman McFarland, CEO of 21st Century Expo Group.

Multiple surveys have indicated high rates of “vaccine hesitancy” within the Black community and other communities of color, and that's impacting immunization rates. Recent data show that Blacks make up only 6% of those who have been vaccinated despite constituting 13% of the population and accounting for 15% of all COVID-19 deaths.

The PSA campaign is designed to build confidence around the vaccine and encourage people to get vaccinated.

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