Former principal pushes for students to get vaccinated after losing his mother

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PORT ALLEN, La – (BRPROUD) – Doctor Noah Johnson is on a mission to get people vaccinated.

The former principal is now working with the state by going door to door educating communities about the vaccine. His focus now is getting students vaccinated.

His mother, Shelia Johnson, is one of over four million people who have died with COVID-19. She died days after her 66th birthday and she was not vaccinated.

“Every child that gets vaccinated, that’s one less child that we have in front that can spread it,” said Johnson.

Johnson is calling for schools in the area to push students to get vaccinated. He doesn’t want schools to open and then have to close. One of his biggest struggles is convincing people that the shot is safe and effective.

School districts leaders said they will leave vaccination decisions up to parents. However, they are still finalizing other COVID-19 protocols.

“Masks will be optional,” said West Baton Rouge Parish Schools Superintendent Wes Watts. “They’re not going to be required. We’re going to do everything we can with our distancing in terms of our desk space. It’ll be similar to last year.”

Johnson knows he’s up against the clock to get students fully vaccinated by the start of school. He said getting vaccinated could give you and your family more time together.

“Do you have time to risk your child’s life,” said Johnson.

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