New push to start conversations about COVID-19 vaccine in barbershops and beauty salons

Andrew M. Santos

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – A new push to get as many people vaccinated against COVID-19 before  July 4.

It’s called the Shots at the Shop Initiative.

The Shots at the Shop initiative collaborates with the Black Coalition Against COVID, SheaMoisture, the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity, and the Biden Administration to increase COVID-19 vaccine awareness and education and engagement.

Up to 1,000 barbershops and beauty salons across the country will receive a $1,000.00 grant from SheaMoisture to participate in the initiative.

Here are the rules: :

  1. Attend a short, four-hour course with Dr. Stephen Thomas of the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity to learn more about COVID-19, vaccinations, and the role barbershops and beauty salons have historically played in communities to increase health and well-being.
  2. Have materials about COVID-19 and the vaccinations available within your shop.
  3. Talk to your customers about COVID-19 vaccines. We’re not asking
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In Brazil, the fight against domestic violence goes through beauty salons and barbershops

Andrew M. Santos

Beauticians from Jacques Janine, a high end salon in São Paulo, being trained to stop domestic violence as part of the Mãos Empenhadas Contra a Violência project in 2019 (Julia Zaremba/Folhapress)

In 2017, more than 68,000 cases of domestic violence were reported in Brazil — the tip of the iceberg, considering that, according to the UN, only 10 per cent of domestic violence victims globally file police reports. That same year, an unprecedented action against gender-based violence was launched in the Brazilian central-west state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Beauty salons’ professionals would get trained by the state’s justice department to identify abuse signs from their customers and encourage them to report the crime and seek help — The Mãos Empenhadas Contra a Violência (Hands committed against violence) programme. The initiative has so far trained 272 beauticians in the city of Campo Grande and has expanded to seven other

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Mesa, Gilbert beauty salons hit by apparent string of burglaries

Andrew M. Santos

A few East Valley beauty salons have been hit by overnight break-ins just weeks apart, and now the owners are wondering if they’re connected.

The first break-in happened in Mesa and the second one happened in Gilbert. The two business owners – both in the beauty industry – feel that their industry is being targeted, and they want to warn other owners of the potential dangers.

“I never thought that in Gilbert, Arizona – that is so open and in this strip – would be targeted,” said Kendra Harris, owner for Wildflower Beauty Bar.

Early Monday morning, someone broke into the Gilbert business near Higley and Guadalupe. Harris says that the person was unable to get in through the back door and eventually broke the lock box to make their way in.

“As soon as

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A haircut and a vaccine: Plans for clinics to be offered at barbershops, beauty salons

Andrew M. Santos

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Your next haircut could come with the option of a COVID shot.

Barbershops are being included in a new initiative, as the Biden administration announced a goal to get 70 percent of the population at least partially vaccinated before July 4th.

Greensboro is one of the 30 cities across the country being highlighted as a place where there is a gap in vaccinations.

Local barbers told FOX8 they’re excited to get on board and help put shots in people’s arms.

People who come to Kingdom Cuts Barber and Salon in Greensboro are family.

“It’s where everybody comes, we get informed about sports and the community,” owner Rodney Cathcart said. “Why not start at the barbershop where everybody comes?”

He thinks making his shop a vaccination clinic could be in a step in the right direction.

On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced a new initiative, “Shots at

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