Hattiesburg church prepares to become COVID-19 vaccination site

Hattiesburg church prepares to become COVID-19 vaccination site

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Hattiesburg is doing its part in helping families in its community get vaccinated.

The church is partnering with the NAACP and the Mississippi State Department of Health to get the resources it needs to get the job done.

Senior Pastor D. Franklin Brown shares the steps they are taking to get people in line for the shots.

“We will scan the neighborhood, get people to sign up,” Brown said. “Also, we’re asking them which type of vaccine they would prefer, either Pfizer, the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.”

Once people have signed up for the vaccine they want, Antioch sends those names to the department of health.

“And then they will determine when they can come, and we will set up here in the neighborhood,” Brown said. “We’re going to try and convince folks to take this vaccination because it’s so important.”

Dr. Mary Hossley, health promotion chair for the NAACP in Forrest County, says she hopes to see more churches step up like Antioch.

“We are leaders in our communities, and we want to serve as examples for other churches and other organizations in the community,” Hossley said. “Just people who will be willing to step up to the plate and serve as an example, from one to the other.“

Brown says they’re still working over details with the state health department for the vaccination site.

It will be a drive-thru at the church, and they hope to have it up and running in about two weeks.

Signs will be set up around the community at places like Fairview Pharmacy, where you can sign up for the vaccination.

Ages 16 years and older can sign up to get the shot, and the church is hoping to vaccinate 200-300 people.

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