BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Don’t Wait. Vaccinate! is the message behind Southern University’s Statewide Vaccination Day.
It’s a clinic sparked by the university’s vaccination education program.
“We wanted to accelerate the rate at which African-Americans were getting vaccinated in the state of Louisiana,” said Alfred Harrell, CEO of the Southern University System Foundation.
Harrell said the goal is to get at least 70% of Louisiana’s black population vaccinated by the end of the year.
“As a system with campuses in the three major cities in the state, it provides us with a unique opportunity to serve a large segment of the population,” said Harrell.
There are a total of eight locations Saturday, including the three campus sites. A ninth spot at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds was used on Friday.
You don’t have to register. Drive-thru and walk-ups are welcome. People who show up will get the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
It’s a push by the state’s only HBCU system in Louisiana to help protect those disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
“The role that HBCU’s is, not only it’s local. It’s starts there, but the impact is felt nationally and worldwide,” said Harrell.
The vaccination clinic is Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The goal is to have these once a month.