Memphis NAACP vaccine event draws hundreds

Memphis, Tenn. — There are still many people hesitating to get COVID-19 vaccines in minority communities, and Saturday, the Memphis NAACP stepped up its efforts to help more people get vaccines through education and access.

In the few seconds it takes to get vaccinated exists a moment for Michelle Bruce that she feared may never come, crippled by a COVID-19 infection days after holding a small birthday gathering.

“I made two visits to the emergency room,” Bruce said Saturday. “I had double pneumonia, and I’m still suffering.

Sitting in the parking lot next to the Greater Love Church, Bruce filled out paperwork to get her shot, one of dozens getting their vaccine at an open event sponsored, in part, by the Memphis NAACP.

About 600 doses of the vaccines manufactured by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson were being administered by husband and wife doctors at Shot Rx.

“It’s about reaching the community where they are versus having them come to where we are,” said Dr. Ted Lyons.

Bruce encouraged others not to wait until it was too late.

“It was necessary because of what I went through with COVID-19,” said Burce. “It’s really scary.”

“I’m telling people now, you do not want to experience COVID-19. Don’t be like me. Don’t wait until you get COVID-19 and then decide ‘I’m going to get the vaccine.’”