A drive-through vaccination service will be held on Saturday, February 12 by a local organization in an effort to help vaccinate Latinos who may be looking for their first, second or third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The event is led by Council #7 of the League of United Citizens of Latin America and is part of the national LULAC campaign “Vacúnate Hoy” (which translates to “Get Vaccinated Today” in English).

The event will also feature other local municipal organizations contributing to the effort as partners, including the City of Laredo Fire Department, Laredo Police Department, National Guard and Laredo Driving School. Gregory, who will host the vaccination campaign.

The Gregory Driving School is located at 4217 Marcella Avenue. The vaccine drive-thru will take place at the location from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or while supplies last.

“We started a vaccination campaign from the national office of LULAC called ‘Vacúnate Hoy’ and all the local councils were invited to participate, and we decided that we could participate,” said Jose Gonzalez, vice president of the council n ° 7 of LULAC. “It’s just to have a safer community because we want our goal to be 100 per cent uptake, and that’s how we help the community.”

According to Gonzalez, the LULAC national office has chosen various councils, including LULAC Council No. 7, to take this initiative, which they hope will help get more people vaccinated and also control any further spread of the virus.

“It’s important to get (vaccinated) because we want to control COVID-19 and any other variants that may arise in the future, so this is one way we can help control it and prevent the virus. to spread, and the best way to do that is to get vaccinated,” Gonzalez said. “Hopefully we’ll have good weather to do that, and there’s no wind.

According to Gonzalez, the drive-thru will have about 300 vaccines available to the public, and all three major vaccine providers will be there, such as the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine and the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna for those looking for their first or second hit. Booster injections will also be available.

Gonzalez says anyone in need of a vaccine is welcome to attend the event and get vaccinated.

“Anyone can go, only 12 and up,” Gonzalez said. “And of anyone who might need the second or booster shot, please take their vaccination record so we can note it down.”

According to Gonzalez, the pandemic has severely affected LULAC in general, as Latinos have been infected at a high rate across the country and the pandemic has caused several events in the past to be postponed or canceled because of it. He also notes that Latinos and minorities in general across the country have been among the hardest hit by the virus.

It is for this reason that he expects the situation to improve by vaccinating more people and helping to control the spread of the virus.

“I don’t want to force anyone against their will, but it’s important to get vaccinated because we need to stop the spread of the virus, especially in our community where we have a very good vaccination rate,” Gonzalez said. “It’s for community safety, for citizen safety, so we can have fun, especially now during George Washington’s birthday celebration, and just be able to have more comfort and safety.”

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