Our sister congregation, La Iglesia Episcopal San José, hosted their first Covid vaccination clinic on Sunday, May 23 from 2-5 p.m. in Lawrence Hall. The vaccine was free, and sign-ups through the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry as well as walk-ups were accommodated. St. Paul’s provided the location, donated drinks, and supported the clinic with our presence. About 120 doses of the Phizer vaccine were administered. It was encouraging to see the number of teens being vaccinated.
Three weeks later on Sunday, June 13, a second clinic was held to provide the second dose of vaccine as well as first doses for newcomers. Again, the people of St. Paul’s provided support for San Jose’s outreach effort. This second clinic received coverage from WRAL TV, and a link to their report can be found here and a transcript can be found here.
While many of us are already fully vaccinated, we all may know some folks who aren’t. Getting vaccinated is a beautiful way to love your neighbors, and encouraging unvaccinated people to take the vaccine is a close second. The vaccination rate in Johnston County is lagging the rest of the state, and until we reach herd immunity here, the risk of infection is very real.