Grassroots event part of President Biden’s national “Month of Action”
STONECREST, GA – On Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m. to noon, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) is hosting a free vaccination event in conjunction with the White House and DeKalb Board of Health at the First-Class Barbershop located at the Centre at Panola, 3051 Panola Road, Stonecrest. The event, which will provide free Pfizer, Moderna and J&J COVID-19 vaccines, is part of President Biden’s national “Month of Action.”
President Biden kicked off the “Month of Action” on June 4 to reach millions of Americans who still have not received protection from COVID-1. The national campaign is highlighting the ease of getting vaccinated and mobilizing grassroots vaccine education and outreach efforts. To get there, states and cities are getting creative in their vaccine distribution. Congressman Johnson said he decided enlisting the help of a barbershop in the Fourth District was one creative way to make the vaccine available to customers getting a haircut.
A mobile unit from the DeKalb Board of Health will provide the shots. COVID-19 vaccines will be available to those who have never received a shot as well as those who come out for their second shot. Second doses will be given only if it has been 21 days since receiving a Pfizer shot and 28 days since receiving a Moderna shot.
Congressman Johnson said he is encouraging 12 to 17-year-olds to get the shot as well.
“Variants are beginning to target our young people,” said Johnsons. “It’s threatening to take us back to the early days of the pandemic. We all need to get vaccinated to stop COVID in its tracks and crush the virus.”
The DeKalb Board of Health is deploying mobile units throughout DeKalb County as part of the vaccination campaign.
“We are working collaboratively as a united front to address COVID-19,” said Interim District Health Director Dr. Sandra J. Valenciano, M.D., M.P.H. “Our goal is to provide access to COVID-19 vaccinations for all residents in DeKalb County, including the most vulnerable. We are deploying our mobile medical units throughout DeKalb County to ensure the community has equitable access to vaccine. We are excited about partnering with trusted community leaders to provide COVID-19 vaccines.”