BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The Louisiana Department of Health partnered with The Links, Incorporated’s La Capitale and Baton Rouge chapters as well as other community partners to host a free, family-friendly COVID-19 vaccination event.
The owner of Quarters, Britney Temple, was not expecting such a huge turnout when she opened up her venue for the vaccination event.
“Absolutely not, no we did not, you know we were thinking in our minds maybe 150-250 people, but this is an overwhelming outcome in a great way it’s such a blessing to do this,” Temple said.
Participating adults and children ages five to 17 received free COVID-19 vaccinations and an opportunity to receive a Shot for $100 Visa debit card for going #SleevesUp for first doses only before the rewards program ends on Nov. 30. The event also featured activities for the entire family including live music, free food, a photo booth, door prizes and one hour of free play at Quarters.
State and local officials joined the Louisiana Department of Health and community partners for the vaccination event in an effort to bring back Louisiana. LDH medical director, Dr. Dawn Marcelle, says the ultimate goal is to reach herd immunity, and that’s going to take every member of the community.
“When kids are out of school and they’re at home with family members over the holiday in these closed settings, it’s really more easy for this illness to spread,” Marcelle said.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is encouraging more parents to consult with their child’s pediatrician about the shot.
“Why is this important? Because this pandemic is real, people don’t just get the virus they get the disease and sometimes they have to go to the hospital and sometimes they die and that is even true for kids,” Edwards said.