The Salvation Army organizes the Vaccine Fiesta

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Residents of eastern Topeka were fortunate enough to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a Salvation Army vaccine party on Saturday.

Anyone who participated could choose from one of three available COVID-19 vaccines.

Participants could also enjoy free food and a mini-museum at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center.

Community partners hoped to increase the number of East Topeka residents getting vaccinated.

“For many different reasons, some under their control, some beyond their control, they have not been as vaccinated as other areas of Topeka,” said Lalo Munoz, executive director of El Centro of Topeka .

“Topeka is as healthy as all of our parts, so making sure this area is vaccinated is making sure all of Topeka are healthy.”

“You can of course get vaccinated yourself, but at this point children under 12 cannot be vaccinated,” added Ximena Garcia, Gov. Laura Kelly’s senior advisor on COVID vaccine equity.

“I think it’s really important that adults who can get vaccinated do so to protect those who can’t be vaccinated.”

A second clinic for those who have chosen a two-dose vaccine will be held at the Salvation Army on July 17.

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