Several community outreach vaccine sites pop up across Baton Rouge on Saturday

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) ––– Several city-parish groups are partnering with mayor president Sharon Weston Broome to get more people vaccinated on Saturday.

At the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Courtney Scott, with the mayor’s office, says that although these events were spread across the capital city, they share one common goal.

“We know that this is one of those areas where people may not leave outside of their area to go to get vaccinated. So we want to make it accessible we want to make it easy in places where people can just walk up and not have to worry about an appointment or registration,” says Scott.

The outreach initiative is in response to a drop in demand for the increasing supply of vaccine doses.

“We’re seeing small numbers, which is okay because we know that we’re going door to door many people actually have already been vaccinated,” Scott says.

Scott says they intend to continue their outreach until everyone who wants a vaccine can get one.

“Our next target really is to make sure that we’re leaving no stone unturned,” Scott says.

On the other side of town, SDV Healthcare put shots in arms outside the Baton Rouge nightclub, Bella Noche, where patients could also enjoy some crawfish, snowballs, and even a DJ.

“We are giving back to the community. We have joined forces with Go Get Vaccinated with the mayor’s office and the national guard, and we’re actually giving the vaccinations to our community,” says Vikki Wilbon, COO of SDV Healthcare.

But if you can’t get a vaccine at Bella Noche, another option is El Centro Biblico, where elder Tom Haralson hopes to reach underserved communities.

“We’re very interested in seeing that the needs of our Hispanic community are met,” says Haralson.

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