Local nonprofit organization HOPE teams up with health departments to host vaccine event

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — One local nonprofit made an effort to make the COVID-19 vaccine readily available to the public on Saturday.

The vaccination effort launched from Central Baptist Church and attempted to add versatility to the procedure by providing walk-up vaccine options for those who don’t have vehicles.

The Sullivan County Regional Health Department along with the State of Tennessee Minority Health Department teamed up with H.O.P.E. to make the event possible.

We spoke with Minority Health Department Director Monique Anthony, who said that the group aimed to increase the availability of vaccinations within area minority communities.

“Primarily, we want to increase the uptake of vaccinations in the minority communities across the state of Tennessee,” she said.

“We’re hoping that everybody will come out and get vaccinated, so we can get rid of this virus,” Stella Robinette, H.O.P.E. Founder said.

Those who received their vaccines Saturday are set to get their next dose at the church on May 8. Attendees received goodie-bags and will receive a second at the next event.

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