Today— St. Joseph’s Day—the New Orleans Health Department and Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club partnered to provide Covid-19 vaccines to 200 eligible Zulu members and nearby residents.

Zulu knows first hand the impact of the Covid-19 virus. Because of this virus’ impact, coupled with the health disparity that exists in our community, Zulu is committed to doing its part to get shots into the arms of those most impacted.” – Zulu President Elroy James

Elroy James has been an active member of the NOHD’s Vaccine Equity and Communications Working Group, which has been meeting biweekly since November of 2020 to discuss vaccine equity in Orleans Parish. Made up of community, faith, and public health leaders, the group has helped to identify community vaccine sites, spokespeople for the Sleeves Up NOLA campaign, and other opportunities to reach New Orleans’ vulnerable community members with vaccine information.

Zulu’s Headquarters were identified as a great location to offer Covid vaccines in the Broad Street area. Today’s event follows a months long vaccine effort with previous events in Central City, Gert Town, the Seventh Ward, Gentilly, the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans East, and on the West Bank.

"Partnerships like this help us bring vaccine into communities where it is needed most. Today’s event is a testament to the resilience of the Zulu organization, the Broad Street  neighborhood, and New Orleans as a whole. We’ve experienced tremendous loss in the last year, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we could all see that today." – Dr. Jennifer Avegno

Community vaccine events are a part of NOHD’s strategy to ensure the life-saving Covid-19 vaccine is accessible to all residents, especially in communities of color and in neighborhoods where access to transportation, health insurance, housing, and jobs is limited.

Volunteers with the NOLA Ready Volunteer Corps and the Medical Reserve Corps continue to assist in the operations of vaccine distribution, appointment scheduling, and door to door canvassing.