GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD)- Community leaders at St. Paul Baptist Church partnered with the Louisiana Department of Health and Lagniappe Pharmacy to provide over 300 locals with the COVID-19 vaccine.
Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Dr. Courtney Phillips hopes their partnership with local leaders will build trust in the community to get the vaccine.
“It’s really important we talk about under-served communities and making sure who is getting vaccinated and having access across the state,” Phillips said.
St. Paul Baptist Church along with five other churches joined LDH to ensure the underserved population in the Baton Rouge area has access to the vaccine.
“Anything that we can do here at St. Paul to help the community, we definitely want to be apart of it. COVID hit us hard. We been affected by it without families and our fellowship and we wanted to make sure we can get as many people as we could vaccinated,” Pastor Lauthaught Delaney Jr said.
Lagniappe Pharmacy provided the vaccines through a drive-thru and scheduled the recipients for their second shot at one of their nearby locations.
“We want everyone to be safe, I have an underlying health condition and I knew I needed to take it,” Sophia Thomas, vaccine recipient said. “It feels really good.” Dr. Eric Peters, Lagniappe Pharmacy owner said.
“More community events like this one, within our community, is what is going to help us to get everybody to the point we need so we can possibly acquire herd immunity,” Dr. Eric Peters, Owner of Lagniappe Pharmacy said.
More information on eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine is available here.