'The will to live' -- seniors step forward to take vaccine

Rev. Samuel Brown, pastor of Greater Mount Pleasant and Greater Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist churches, is among the many people from all walks of life who received the COVID-19 vaccine distributed by Southeast Community Health System last week.

Wednesday the Southeast Community Health System distributed the COVID-19 vaccine to local senior citizens who are 70 and above.

I was stuck by the diversity I witnessed: people with different types of disabilities; people of different backgrounds, different religions, different races...all coming together to do their part.

There were mayors (past and current); there were educators; there were judges; and there were pastors, and many others from all walks of life.

Rev. Samuel Brown was there. He is the Pastor of Greater Mount Pleasant and Greater Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist churches located in Hammond. He gave permission to use his name if it would help others.

Pastors are seen as shepherds who lead. Having our leaders, especially our spiritual leaders, publicly display their trust in the vaccine will help others feel comfortable getting vaccinated.

A sense of hope and a will to live was evident in all who came to get vaccinated.

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