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First AME Hosts MAX-VAX COVID Response
By Cora Jackson-Fossett, Religion Editor
Published October 6, 2021

FAME has sponsored many COVID testing and vaccination events. Earlier this year, the church joined with Kedren Vaccines to host a clinic. From left are Pastor J. Edgar Boyd, First Lady Florence Boyd, Dr. Jerry Abraham and FAME member Capri Maddox. (Courtesy photo)

First AME Church of Los Angeles and USC Pharmacy will mount an attack against the COVID-19 virus by hosting a testing and vaccination event.

The MAX-VAX Community COVID Response takes place on Saturday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., on the FAME campus, located at 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., in Los Angeles. The free program will also feature a range of community and health-related services, all in an effort to stem the devastation of the pandemic.

“We are holding this event to help people remain safe in the present COVID atmosphere,” said the Rev. J. Edgar Boyd, FAME pastor. “Our program will also provide opportunities to learn how to improve your health maintenance and apply safe physical practices when you are in public gatherings.”

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MAX-VAX is part of FAME’s ongoing sponsorship of activities to improve the quality of life of residents in South L.A. The church operates several free outreach and educational programs and has offered free COVID testing on a daily basis since the beginning of 2021.

Five months ago, FAME partnered with Dr. Jerry Abraham, director of Kedren Vaccines to hold a mobile clinic where more than 500 people received vaccinations. In light of the heavy impact COVID has had on communities of color, Boyd noted that FAME members have rallied to persuade more African Americans and Latinos to get vaccinated.

“This event is an effort in bridging the gap of information which exists within the community regarding COVID vaccines, individual vulnerabilities, and the importance of regular COVID testing for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons, of all ages,” Boyd said.

To learn more, call the Rev. Judi Wortham or Vickie Franklin at (323) 735-1252.

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