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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
Executive Editor 

Pastor Reaches Out to Area Churches to Coordinate COVID-19 Vaccines


Last updated 2/17/2021 at 12:09pm

Chevon Baccus

Kathy Enns gets her vaccine at the outreach event.

The Rev. J.J. Pierce was concerned that not enough people, especially those in the black community, were able to access vaccines for COVID-19. So he stepped up and started working with the Polk County Health Department to bring vaccines for about 600 people in Lake Wales.

Pierce got the idea from a pastor friend in Winter Haven. So Pierce worked with about 20 churches in the area to identify people age 65 and over and health care workers who needed the vaccines. A schedule was created for them to come to his church, First Institutional Missionary Baptist Church on D Street between 9 a.m. an...

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