St. Louis County appeals to churches and unions to ‘vax up’
“This is definitely something we want to do. Our founder was really into public health – you may not know this about Jesus!”
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis County is working on a new strategic plan to get people vaccinated.
Instead of mass vaccination events, there will be targeted events that focus on people who are not yet sure about getting the shot.
Dr. Sam Page, St. Louis County’s executive, says there are plans to work with trusted groups.
“When people see other people in their groups or organizations and see people being vaccinated, they feel more comfortable getting vaccinated themselves,” says Page.
The health department will liaise with places of worship, unions, companies, and community organizations that have established relationships with members or customers.
Pastor David Denoon of the First Congregational Church is on board to help.
“This is definitely something we want to do. Our Founder was really interested in public health – you may not know this about Jesus! He set up health clinics all over the place. He’s given out all kinds of medicines and the like. We want in this general.” Remain on topic, “explains Pastor Denoon.
First Union Church and The Gathering are also ready to become partners.
For unions, the St. Louis – Kansas City Carpenter regional council has already closed guns for vaccination events with St. Louis City and vaccinated 3,200 people.
It even held its own events. Approximately 1,200 members and their families have been bitten.
Its location is in the city but is being relocated to the county to help.
Executive Secretary Treasurer Al Bond says, “We can go to our training center in Affton. We have a large car park and interior. We will do everything we can to try to help.”
A spokesman for Laborers Local 110 said they had already reached out to the health department and said they would help.
They even motivate their members.
For those who haven’t signed up, they are offering $ 100 to get the vaccine.
In terms of community organizations, STL Juntos and Casa De Salud work with county health departments across the region, both of which target the Hispanic community.
Gabriela Ramirez-Arellano, co-founder of STL Juntos, says it is a good move for the county to organize smaller events with trusted partners.
“These smaller events make you feel like you are and the trusted community partners already have a relationship with you,” added Ramirez-Arellano.
Through data, they learned that the Hispanic community relies heavily on social media.
For this reason, videos of vaccination events and vaccine information have been posted on STL Juntos’ Facebook page.
The county’s recent efforts hope to bring some confidence to those who are unsure about the vaccine.
“We have to get a higher rate in our country and in our community to fully reopen the economy,” says Page.
If groups or organizations want to be a part of it, they need to have enough space and be able to recruit staff.
In this case, the health department will bring you vaccines and vaccines.
More information on vaccine partnerships can be found here.