North Baton Rouge church to host mass vaccination event this weekend


UPDATE: All appointment slots for BRG’s mass vaccination at Gloryland Baptist Church on March 6 are filled.

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Gloryland Baptist Church is the next location for East Baton Rouge Parish’s big vaccination drive.

“The devil ain’t trying to help nobody to live and anything that helps man is from God,” said Dr. Rayford Thomas Iglehard, Sr., Pastor of Gloryland Baptist Church.

His church will serve the community on Saturday for a mass COVID-19 vaccine event, where he will get his first shot.

It’s a collaboration between church and community with Baton Rouge General, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, and 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge.

“What better way to show and prove that this vaccine is safe and the efficacy of it by us leading, black men standing up front telling our community, our families, this is the right thing to do.” said Michael Adams, President and Board Chairman of 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge.

Leaders said the groups have been working over the last week to make this happen. 1,000 vaccines will go into arms.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, who received her second vaccine dose Wednesday morning, said we don’t have time to waste.

“Everytime we have these events in our community, we are closing the gap of underserved communities that often do not have the access to healthcare,” said Broome.

It’s a whole community approach to help get us one step closer to being out of this pandemic.

“Rollup your sleeve. Come on and get that shot and let’s thank God for it. Thank God for it,” said Pastor Iglehard.

The mass vaccination event is Saturday, March 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gloryland Baptist Church on Greenwell Springs Rd., near Choctaw.

There is no cost to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but registration is required.

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