Volunteers face challenges while canvassing neighborhoods to let people know about vaccine sites

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – It’s been a slow week for vaccines at the mass vaccination site at the old Bon Carre Mall.

Khalid Hudson is hoping to change that.

“This is an opportunity for us to be very proactive and go door to door and engage them in a very relational manner and that’s the most important thing,” said Khalid Hudson, Lead Organizer for Together Baton Rouge.

Dozens of people have been going door to door in Scotlandville to let people know about the vaccination site and answer any vaccine-related questions. They are finding there’s a generation gap between those who want the shot and those who don’t.

“We ran into this woman. Her and her husband were vaccinated, but they had their niece who was living with them who’s 21-years-old and she explicitly said she doesn’t want to have nothing to do with it,” said Hudson.

“There’s been some individuals who bring in family members be vaccinated and we encourage everyone who is eligible to receive that vaccine,” said James Writer, a Family Physician with the U.S. Navy.

The work continues to spread the word about vaccine sites.

“I think it’s gonna take all of us in whatever capacity that we’re in to really turn this corner because this is something that has impacted us all,” said Hudson.

Together Baton Rouge is still looking for volunteers to help spread the word. They are meeting Saturday tomorrow morning at nine at the Jewel J. Newman Community Center. You can also email them at togetherbr2019@gmail.com.

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