The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on communities across the globe. Thanks to the effort put forth by scientists, researchers, doctors, among many others, vaccines have been developed that have shown evidence of generating strong immune responses against the COVID-19 virus. As the scientific community and public officials have emphasized, widespread vaccination is an essential pillar of battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
BAPS Charities organized a COVID-19 Vaccination Drive in Washington, DC on May 2, 2021, in collaboration with Howard Pharmacy benefitting 30 community members.
Through the medical staff’s professional support, participants were guided through the registration process, received their vaccinations, and were provided post-vaccination care. BAPS Charities volunteers played an essential role in ensuring that the vaccinated patients had a pleasant and smooth experience. In particular, the volunteers assisted in providing socially distanced flow, sanitization protocols, and translation services.
“It was my first dose, and I’m very thankful to be able to do it here,” said Patrick E Mallon, a participant in the drive.
“The world is suffering right now with this pandemic, and this initiative by BAPS means a lot to the people,” said Chirag Lehru, another participant in the drive.
Before the vaccination drives, BAPS Charities saw a community need for vaccine education in an accessible format for the Indian diaspora. BAPS Charities created a video to provide multiple perspectives from credentialed doctors & researchers with Gujarati subtitles.
In line with historical campaigns such as flu vaccine drives, health insurance information drives, health awareness lectures, health fairs, and BAPS Charities has endeavored to support all individuals’ health and well-being. Battling the misinformation surrounding COVID-19 vaccines and provide vaccination infrastructure is in line with that mission.