It’s not every day a person can get paid to take a shot.

That opportunity is available on Saturday as locals host a second community vaccination event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Corinth Housing Authority pavilion on Mitchell Street at the J.B. Combs Apartments. It is open to anyone 12 and older who wants to get the Covid-19 vaccination.

Organizers plan to present a $10 bill to the first 20 individuals getting first doses. It will have a block party atmosphere with J.C. Hill spinning some tunes and free food available, along with other giveaways.

Roughly 15 people got the shot during the first event on June 19.

“By bringing it to them, we got 15 or so that would not have got the vaccination,” said Kim Ratliff, the city’s projects coordinator.

Those individuals can get their second dose at Saturday’s event, completing their entry in a cash drawing.

The aim with these events is to reach those who may not be inclined to seek out the vaccine. If Saturday’s event continues to see some success, “I would like to see us do one at another location in the neighborhood,” said Ratliff.

They are asking residents to influence others who have not had the shot. As he contacts those who are returning for the second dose on Saturday, “I want to encourage them to reach someone else in their family or among their friends to come and get the shot,” he said.

Personnel from Walgreens pharmacy will administer the shots. The vaccine will be one of the two-dose varieties.

The event comes at a time when Covid activity is on the rebound, fueled by the Delta variant. The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 641 new cases on Wednesday, a big increase from recent weeks.

State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs called the trends “very worrisome” during Wednesday’s meeting of the State Board of Health.

“We’re seeing an exponential rise in the number of long-term care setting outbreaks,” he said.

Only about 45 percent of employees in those settings are immunized.

Immunity from previous Covid infection is less effective against the Delta strain, he said.

The Delta strain is 55 percent more contagious than the Alpha/UK variant, which, in turn, was 50 percent more contagious than the Wuhan strain.

Supporting the vaccination event are Mayor Tommy Irwin, Ratliff, Hill, CARE Community Foundation Chair Sandy Williams and Rebecca Spence.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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