BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Thousands of people in North Baton Rouge now have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

‘Place vehicle in park and remain inside’ are the instructions on just one of the signs on day one of a COVID-19 vaccine site at the Walmart by the old Cortana Mall.

Long lines of cars could be seen once the shots started going in arms Thursday morning. The same event is also happening at the Walmart in Baker.

“That excites me because our goal is actually get the vaccine to as many people as possible,” said April Brown, co-owner of Brown’s Pharmacy on North Foster Drive in Baton Rouge. The locally owned pharmacy hopes to give the COVID-19 shot to 500 people in a one day drive-thru clinic.

That clinic will happen at Star Hill Baptist Church. It’s just about a block from the pharmacy.

It’s a short distance that will make a big difference by giving underserved communities hit hardest by the virus access to the vaccine.

“It’s important when we work with people that are in our community. Brown’s Pharmacy is right here serving us. I think that’s important that the community see not only them come out and serve, but also here from their state rep because I had my vaccination right here at Brown’s pharmacy,” said State Representative C. Denise Marcelle, who represents this district.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging is also having a vaccine clinic in State Rep. Marcelle’s district on Friday and Saturday at Living Faith Christian Center on Winbourne Avenue. 2,000 shots are expected to be given.

All of these are a part of a vaccine blitz. Brown said people should go.

“Even if you’re unsure, come. Ask questions because I’m gonna keep asking for the vaccine for my community and when you get confident, we’ll be here to give it to you,” said Brown.

You can register for the vaccine event with Brown’s Pharmacy here.

You can register for the vaccine event with the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging here.

You can register for the vaccine event at Walmart here.