Sen. Tom Carper visited First State Community Action Agency in Georgetown April 9 to tour its COVID-19 vaccination clinic, where 1,750 shots have been distributed since Jan. 31, agency Executive Director Bernice Edwards said.
The agency has been working to educate African American, Latino and White communities about the importance of getting the vaccine, Edwards said.
“This is why a lot of the noes are becoming yeses,” she said. “First State is about helping people.”
Edwards introduced Carper to staff and community members as a long-time friend who has worked hard for Delawareans.
“We will work together with you, Sen. Carper, to make sure we do our part, because we know you’ll do your part,” Edwards said.
Carper said the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan will help further the agency’s goals to ensure Delawareans have food to eat and safe water to drink; access to health, education and tax services; a roof over their heads; and mainly, vaccinations.
“The best way to win the battle and put this in the rearview mirror is for everyone to get vaccinated,” Carper said.
Dr. Sandi Hagans-Morris, Program Director of Education Training and Special Services, said First State has provided meals and educational opportunities to children in a safe environment throughout the pandemic. The agency will offer a summer program for children to prevent learning loss, she said.
First State Director of Housing and Community Development Jaime Sayler said the April 9 clinic was the agency’s 13th community vaccination event targeted to reach the area’s most vulnerable population.
For more information about First State Community Action Agency, go to firststatecaa.org or call 800-372-2240.