The committee behind the event is urging President Joe Biden to establish a one-time federal holiday in the late spring to “celebrate the achievement of Covid-19 vaccination, promote vaccine education, and honor the healthcare workers who have protected us through the pandemic.”
Reverend Erica Williams with the Harvard Divinity School told people at the event that getting vaccinated is not just a public health issue, but a political one. She encouraged them to get others vaccinated and to stand up.
“Right here in Roxbury, you got over 48% of the folks living in poverty,” Williams said. “It’s not enough for you to talk about what’s going on.”
The event featured Covid vaccinations, live music by nearly two dozen local artists as well as basketball and dance competitions. Attendees were offered the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Members of the Haitian American medical association provided vaccine and Covid education in Haitian Creole.