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Southern University hosts COVID vaccination event Thursday

7 months 1 week 6 days ago Thursday, February 04 2021 Feb 4, 2021 February 04, 2021 7:36 PM February 04, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health administered Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine to individuals aged 70 and older on Thursday, Feb. 4 at the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Southern University's campus.

The all-day event, which required preregistration, drew hundreds of locals who were eager to be inoculated.

Assisting in the vaccination efforts were members of the National Guard, who set up a mass vaccine effort in the F.G. Clark Activity Center's parking lot. 

Locals simply had to drive up to the event and wait in line to be vaccinated. 

The city-Parish hopes to expand COVID testing and vaccination efforts in communities such as Scotlandville, the area in which Thursday's event took place, which is home to many of the area's Black citizens. 

According to recent data, a significant number of locals of African American descent have not even been tested for COVID-19, though a large percentage of this ethnicity appears to be especially vulnerable to the virus due to a lack of access to healthcare and other factors related to inequality. 

The table below, created by Louisiana Department of Health, lists East Baton Rouge's virus data in connection with race as of Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.

Click here for more on the city-Parish's plans to expand COVID medical care to local African Americans. 

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