SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Springfield-Greene County Health Department continues to host several immunization events.

One of these events took place on Friday at a cultural center, Acompañarte Centro Cultural, with the aim of reaching as many community members as possible. The cultural center is a non-profit for the arts.

Manuel Benavides, the president of Acompañarte, said they celebrate all the arts.

“We work in mosaics, stained glass, fusion glass, painting, dance, music, everything,” Benavides said.

But on Friday, it was converted into a vaccination clinic.

“It’s very important that people get vaccinated,” Benavides said. “We see the news. It’s terrible what’s going on in Springfield, and across the country as well.

People who received the vaccine said finding the time to get the vaccine was worth it.

“It’s just quick and quick. I was like nervous, but I feel good, ”said Xiomara Valles.

“If he keeps me from dying at 26, then he’s done his job,” Clayton Denevan said. “If we can keep ourselves alive and get over this, we can get back to normal. ”

Staff said they wanted to have more vaccination events in the future. Leaders are partnering with churches and other cultural centers in the area to get people immunized.

A pastor of one of those local churches, the Church of the Sacred Heart, said he did not want to see any more dead.

“I don’t want to have another funeral. I don’t want that to be the reason someone has to sit with someone at their bedside, I will, ”said Ray Smith. “But I don’t want too much and I would say it’s just a way for us to take care of each other.”

And the staff say everyone is invited so we can beat this together.

“Our cultural center is open to everything. It is very important to collaborate with all the people to participate ”, said Benavides.

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