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One-day vaccine drive for blacks and minorities returns MLK weekend


Amid soaring cases of COVID’s Omicron variant throughout the country, a one-day vaccination drive aimed at raising the level of shots in arms within the local African-American and Latin communities in and around Seminole County returns to Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, January 16th from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on the eve of nationwide observances of MLK Day.

The church is located at 221 N. Dowling Avenue in Donalsonville on the corner of N. Dowling Avenue and, ironically, Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

“It’s interesting, if not prudent, to ask the question of what would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. do and say to people at a time like this as we honor and celebrate his life and legacy?”, says Rahn d. Fudge, Creator and Executive Producer of the Phoenix Affaire Group which will again partner with the CORE Response Agency, a medical mobile unit arm of the Georgia Department of Public Health, traveling to rural and hard-to-reach areas of the state to get people vaccinated. 

Unlike last time, the mobile unit team will be equipped this time to administer shots in the arms of eligible children (ages five to 11) with either the Pzifer or Moderna vaccines. And, just like before, while the vaccine drive targets a specific group of residents, it is open to anybody eligible to be vaccinated regardless of color.  No appointment is necessary although you will have to pre-register on-site at the church annex of Macedonia Missioary Baptist Church.  It’s highly recommended that you bring your proof of vaccination card if you’ve already been vaccinated to register.  If you’re being vaccinated for the first time then a vaccination card will be provided.

Fudge, working with Moses James who is the Chairman of Deacon Ministries for Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, has a continuing goal – using the community power of local black churches in Southwest Georgia – to bring the vaccines directly to the neighborhoods disproportionately affected by COVID-19 which James echoes is very important to make the vaccines readily available particularly for many mostly young black residents still reluctant to get the shot. 

“It can also help dispel some of the misinformation (about COVID) going on within our community”, stresses James.

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