Salisbury Church aims to get people vaccinated and ease vaccine fears

SALISBURY, Md. – St. James AME Zion Church of Salisbury is doing its part to get people vaccinated and ease fears about the vaccine. According to Pastor David McLendon, the faster people get vaccinated, the faster things can get back to normal.

The church has already done one vaccination clinic earlier in March, giving 161 people their first dose. However, now that those people are coming back for their second dose on March 30th, they’re opening up their doors to 100 more people to come to get their first shots.

Pastor McLendon tells 47 ABC that the reason they wanted to open their doors and provide a location for people to get vaccines is because of the mistrust and fears many people have.  McLendon says the church provides a less imposing place to get a vaccine, versus a place like the mass vaccination clinic or a health department or hospital.

He also says it gives them a sense of trust, that if the church is hosting this event, then there’s less need to worry.

“It gives the people a sense of confidence that I know if I can get to the church if I can make it the church if the church is doing it. then it must be alright,” Pastor McLendon said.

The pastor himself has already been vaccinated and tells 47 ABC he’s had zero problems. So not only is he putting his house of worship behind the vaccines, but he’s also putting his word behind them as he urges people to schedule an appointment.

“When you look at the 3 vaccines that we have, take one of those vaccines. Trust, trust, trust the scientists, and most of all trust God,” Pastor McLendon said.

We’re told to sign up for an appointment you can call the Wicomico County Health Department at (410) 912-6889.  Or you can call the church at (410) 742-1427 and they will help you get an appointment.

The vaccination clinic will be on March 30th, starting at 9 am.

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