Delta Sigma Theta Sorority partners with DeKalb Board of Health to deliver 2nd dose of COVID vaccine

District Health Director for DeKalb County Board of Health, Dr. Elizabeth Ford gives District 5 Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson a second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Stonecrest on Feb. 10. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Stonecrest, GA — DeKalb County seniors who received their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during an event at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Stonecrest in January were administered the second dose on Feb. 10.

“We have been supported today by volunteer clinicians from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., as well as local Board of Health staff,” said Dr. Elizabeth Ford, District Health Director for the DeKalb County Board of Health, who was expecting close to 500 people.

Dr. Ford said when Lou Walker Director Bettye Davis initially reached out to her to do an event at the center, there was vaccine available but no personnel to administer it.

“It was actually just serendipity,” said Dr. Ford. “This (Delta)is my sorority. They called and said we want to do something to help support you all and Dr. Wimberly, who is here, said do you know there are 150 Delta clinicians at Grady? I was like you’re kidding, so we pulled folks together from all over and here we are. That’s the only way we could have done this. It couldn’t have been done without volunteers.”

A DeKalb County Police Officer directs traffic on Panola Road at the entrance to the Lou Walker Senior Center during the COVID-19 vaccine event on Feb. 10. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Dorothy Parker of Scottdale fills out forms before her appointment for a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Stonecrest on Feb. 10. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Dr. Kimberly Manning was one of the volunteer Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. clinicians administering the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to DeKalb County seniors at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Stonecrest on Feb. 10. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Dr. Sandra Armstead was one of the volunteer Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. clinicians administering the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to DeKalb County seniors at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Stonecrest on Feb. 10. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Dr. Sandra Armstead gives Gregory Colbert of Atlanta his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Stonecrest on Feb. 10. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Registered Nurse Alexus Parker administers a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a senior citizen at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Stonecrest on Feb. 10. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Registered Nurses Ashanti Booker (l) and Shantell James draw up doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Lou Walker Senior Center on Feb. 10. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Winifred Sheppard receives her second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. N. Ross at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Stonecrest on Feb. 10. Sheppard said she was excited to get the second shot “but I don’t know how I’ll feel later.” Photo by Dean Hesse.
Dorothy Miles fills out paperwork for her mother Christine Calliers during the COVID-19 vaccine event for DeKalb County seniors at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Stonecrest on Feb. 10. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Helen Norris and her husband Ken sit in a line of cars on Panola Road waiting to enter the Lou Walker Senior Center in Stonecrest for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 10. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Cars line up on Panola Road as people wait to enter the Lou Walker Senior Center in Stonecrest for the COVID-19 vaccination event on Feb. 10. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Seniors enter the Lou Walker Senior Center for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 10. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Volunteer Freddie Johnson helps keep people waiting in cars on schedule for their appointments during the COVID-19 vaccination event at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Stonecrest on Feb. 10. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Jeffery Alexander of Lithonia arrives at the Lou Walker Senior Center for his second dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 10. Alexander said, “I want to get it out of the way. I’ve still got to wear the mask, but maybe now I can do a few of the things I want to do.” Photo by Dean Hesse.

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