BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Over the next two days, the city plans to vaccinate 2,200 residents in north Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas to target the communities most vulnerable.
“Equity demands, fairness demands, that we do everything we can to make sure the vaccine is not just accessible to everyone but is excessed,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said.
The state’s top leaders came to Living Faith Christian Center to kick off a new vaccination site, each saying this is the beginning to the end of the pandemic.
“No one has died from the vaccine; What we do see is we’ve lost more than 9,000 lives here in Louisiana to COVID-19,” Dr. Courtney Phillips from the Louisiana Department of Health.
Officials say Louisiana is overshadowing most states in vaccine rollout, but only 22% of African Americans have received it. This new location assures more have access and knowledge about the vaccine.
“We are now closing the gap of access to the vaccine to underserved communities,” Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. “Today is the day we celebrate the continued focus on making health disparities a thing of the past and not a common denominator among our communities.”
The state is closing in on a million shots, and officials urge all Louisiana’s to get theirs as soon as one becomes available.
“There’s a lot of mistrust, earned mistrust in our communities of color, and I understand it,” Phillips said. “I have it, but it’s important to not let this mistrust create a great inequity in healthcare.”
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