“We are still in the midst of a pandemic and every dose counts,” said St. Louis Department of Health Acting Director Dr. Frederick Echols.
ST. LOUIS – One Tuesday evening, nearly two dozen young people, their friends and parents packed Strauss Park in downtown St. Louis.
The big event was fun for 16-24 year olds, but for the city’s health department it was a much more serious mission: to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19 and the delta variant.
“It is still a dire situation and we are still in the midst of a pandemic. At this point, every dose counts,” said Dr. Frederick Echols, acting director of the City of St. Louis health department.
COVID cases continue to increase in Saint-Louis.
In addition, the highly contagious delta variant does not weaken either.
In an effort to win the battle, the health department teamed up with the group, the St. Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, and used a dance battle to educate the crowd about the deadly viruses.
They also encouraged as many people as possible to stop by their mobile clinic and roll up their sleeves.
“I’m so glad I did,” said Branden Lewis, 22.
Before hosting the teenage dance competition, Lewis was vaccinated against covid.
“The vaccine has been out for a while now. A lot of people who are dear to me have received the vaccine and they are fine. I think I made the right decision,” Lewis said.
Amid all the fun, the organizers also armed the crowd with free hand sanitizer and masks.
The measures they hope will help reverse the trend.
“We want to make sure that every individual in our community has the opportunity to receive a covid vaccine,” said Dr Frederick Echols.
On Saturday, the Department of Health’s mobile clinic will offer more covid vaccines at the Cherokee Recreation Center, located at 3200 South Jefferson. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the south side.
They will also be at the Northside Early Childhood Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This center is located at 3033 North Euclid.