“The Levite Jewish Community Center in Birmingham, Alabama, tried to boost vaccinations with a party, offering games and treats, even a photo booth and a DJ, along with shots given by a well-known local pharmacy,” note Rachana Pradhan and Hannah Recht in their story “As Omicron Surges, Effort to Vaccinate Young Children Stalls” published recently in Kaiser Health News.
LJCC Director of Marketing and Fund Development Brooke Bowles observed that children were more likely to roll up their sleeves when their parents emphasized the greater good in getting vaccinated. “Those children were just fantastic,” she told Pradhan.
How to throw a ‘Vax Party‘
On December 12 The J co-hosted with Ritch’s Pharmacy a Covid-19 “Vax Party” clinic for children and adults. Music by DJ Sox plus plenty of treats helped attract more than 40 people — including six children — who showed up for their first, second, or third shots. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were available.
Attendees were pleasantly surprised to learn that each shot also came with a fresh joke, also courtesy of Ritch’s.