Our city, the City of Paterson, has been hit hard by the COVID 19 pandemic. So, it makes sense for Calvary Baptist Church to step up to the plate when asked and serve as a community vaccination site. The Community Vaccination event, held on March 1, March 29, and April 5 allowed Calvary to partner with the State of New Jersey Department of Health and FEMA while vaccinating 2,500 people.
“It was a major undertaking, but an awesome way to help get our community back,” says church employee Lanisha Makle-Ridley, who assisting in coordinating the event. “Many people came to Calvary to get vaccinated who were unable to secure appointments elsewhere.”
In addition to receiving their COVID-19 vaccination, information was provided to people about wrap-around services, such as food assistance, rental assistance, and child-care assistance. The event was carefully organized so that social distancing could be observed.
Rev. Dr. Lassiter hopes to be able to serve as a community site again should the need arise and looks forward to other opportunities to partner with the New Jersey Department of Health.