SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The Southern University System is launching a statewide campaign to encourage minority groups to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The campaign is called “Don’t Wait. Vaccinate!” University officials say it’s a response to “disappointing” data that shows ethnic minorities, who are disproportionately affected by the virus, are not getting vaccinated at a rate high enough to overcome the pandemic.
“As the only historically Black university system in the country, located right here in Louisiana, it is our obligation to ensure that African Americans and other ethnic minorities are well informed about the dangers of COVID-19 and the significance of getting vaccinated,” said Ray L. Belton, president-chancellor of the Southern University System.
Joining Southern in this effort are the Southern University Alumni Federation, more than 100 faith-based organizations, as well as civic, fraternal, and other social organizations. The university held a news conference Friday, March 26 to announce details of the campaign.
Watch the full news conference announcing the campaign below.
The campaign will engage all 64 Louisiana parishes and will provide resources across all five of its campuses.
“We are in a crisis,” said Domoine D. Rutledge, chairman of the Southern University Board of Supervisors. “The pandemic has impacted the lives of thousands of Louisiana residents. Our institution is well equipped to respond to this pandemic. In partnership with our governor, the Louisiana Department of Health, elected officials, and community leaders, we will beat this pandemic.”
- SU Vax Day mass vaccination event
- Nine sites, including SU System campuses
- Bayou Classic education and vaccination event (more details to come)
- Webinar: “What’s the Difference? Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna Vaccines”