Memorial Baptist Church Hosts Vaccination Site

A Tri-State church is working to help our community.

Posted: Mar 14, 2021 2:19 PM

A Tri-State church is working to help our community.

"I took mine today. I had never had a vaccine before."

It's an effort to help those in the River City.

Memorial Baptist Church teaming up with Ascension St. Vincent Saturday to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations.

"There's a lot of people in our community, black and brown and white, who don't believe in the vaccine," says Karen Catlett. "So this is one way that we can get it out to let them know, even if they don't get the vaccine to come in here and find out some information about what it's about."

Indiana is quickly approaching 50,000 administered new doses of the vaccine.

St. Vincent officials say community sites like these are crucial in slowing the spread of the virus.

"It's really an effort to increase the participation of the vaccine in different demographics," says Joe Merkel, St. Vincent Retail Pharmacies manager.

And after what has been a difficult year for everyone, members of Memorial Baptist are excited to be back in-person under such positive circumstances.

"There is some leeriness, if you wanna say, amongst the community," says Serita Cabell, Memorial Community Development Corp Executive Director. "When we look at the number of people we've lost over the year, for me, there was no doubt in my mind that if the opportunity arose for me to be able to get this opportunity to take the vaccine, to do that. And for many others to try and come and do it as well."

Officials say nearly 100 people came through the doors to participate in the clinic.

"And with Ascension St. Vincent and Memorial Baptist Church coming together, I think that's going to make a big difference in this neighborhood and hopefully in this pandemic," says Johnathan Pope, The Y President and CEO.

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