WATCH: Local leaders recognize nurse who went door-to-door administering COVID vaccine to more than 2,000 people


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A nurse in Baton Rouge is doing her part to make sure people have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Nurse Carla H. Brown has gone door-to-door in Louisiana and administered the COVID-19 vaccine to over 2,000 people.

On Tuesday, Louisiana Healthcare Connections granted Brown a $25,000 honorarium in recognition of her personal fight against COVID.

“I want to give thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who has brought me from a dark place, from taken one life, to saving so many others,” said Brown.

Brown’s motivation to vaccinate comes after losing her husband to the virus.

She formed Covid Crusaders, a group that goes door to door in low-income areas to get COVID-19 shots into arms. At the start of the pandemic, the crusaders helped hundreds get tested. Brown was the first in the state to get approval to help vaccinate people in the comfort of their own homes.

“The only way I’m going to stop is when they say we no longer have COVID among us,” said Brown.

Governor John Bel Edwards is inspired by her work. He said the Louisiana Department of Health has created the ‘Nurse Carla’ initiative. Edwards said she is a role model for nurses across the country.

We onboarded 14 nurses to do what she’s doing but they’re doing it in every region across the state of Louisiana with vaccine events and community outreach and it’s making a real difference,” said Edwards.

Brown plans to vaccinate 3,000 people and help spread awareness of the delta variant.

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