High School Sisters Launch New “Vaccinated While…” Clothing Line To Combat Vaccine Skepticism
“We are Black daughters of scientists. We are believers of science,” the sisters posted on their designer page. “Our Vaccinated While… campaign aims to overcome fear and mistrust by sharing vaccination experiences on social media in hopes that information will lead to willingness to vaccinate as they become available.”
Zoe, 16, and Jordan, 15, created the VaccinatedWhile… logo and the #VaccinatedWhile hashtag to help people publicly display their vaccine stories.
Knowing the power of fashion to promote social change, the sisters timed their launch to coincide with New York Fashion Week and Black History Month. They drew inspiration from examples like the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign.
Included in their line are items displaying their logo “Vaccinated While American”, “Vaccinated While Black,” “Vaccinated While Latinx”, and “Vaccinated While LGBTQ+” and others.
As young Black women, the sisters hope that promoting stories of people who look like them taking the vaccines will create trust and confidence in the shots. “Whether you are Vaccinated While Black, LatinX, American, Queer, Dog/Cat loving, or Boomers,” the girls added, “we hope that you will share your collective experiences using the #vaccinatedwhile hashtag.”
Zoe and Jordan Sims Rhodes are students at Park Tudor High School, where they are varsity cheerleaders. Zoe, a talented poet, artist and softball player, is a junior, applying to college this fall; she intends to major in Classics and Ethics. Jordan, who has performed in multiple stage productions, is a freshman and loves photography, civics and Chinese language.