SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – The Cobb Institute, local health agencies and the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. – Savannah Chapter, hosted a “Stay Well Savannah Community Vaccine Event” drive-in event on Saturday for the African-American community. American from Savannah.

Organizers say the goal of the event was to continue educating people, especially those in the black community who have been more hesitant about the vaccine, about why it is safe and effective.

A panel of medical professionals, including a local pediatrician, also participated in a question-and-answer session and shared their experiences throughout the pandemic. A $25 gift card was given to those who received their first, second or booster dose of the vaccine.

“We want people to realize that yes, it’s safe. The main thing I tell people is that even if there were concerns about the vaccine, it is better to get vaccinated and be protected than not to be here anymore, ”said Dr Ericka Russell- Petty.

“Top Ladies of Distinction is a service organization and we provide services in all areas and health is one of our areas. That’s why it’s important for us to go out into the community, give them factual information about the vaccine and why it’s important to do so,” said Annette Mitchell, event organizer and Savannah Chapter member. for Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.

Flu shots were also offered on site. Organizers say they aimed to administer 200 vaccinations.

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