MERRITT ISLAND - The Florida Division of Emergency Management in partnership with five Brevard County churches held a COVID-19 ‘Vaccination Mission’ over Valentine’s Weekend.

During the event held at Cocoa West Recreation Complex 1,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered to eligible Brevard County residents on Saturday Feb. 13 and Sunday Feb. 14. The second dose will be administered at the same location in four weeks.

The ‘Vaccination Mission’ was a partnership between 5 local churches and the State of Florida. The five churches are:

*Parker Memorial Missionary Baptist Church (Cocoa)

*Faith Temple Christian Center (Rockledge)

*Greater St Paul Missionary Baptist Church (Cocoa)

*Zion Orthodox Primitive Baptist Church (Cocoa)

*Mt Moriah AME Church (Cocoa)

All of the churches are in District 51 which is represented by State Representative Tyler Sirois (R-Merritt Island).

Sirois, in a news release, said that the vaccination mission highlights Governor Ron DeSantis’ plan to distribute the vaccine to places of worship and in underserved communities statewide.

Rep. Sirois thanked Governor DeSantis saying “for many people the local church is not just a house of worship but also a community center, the place for a hot meal, or a source of safety and fellowship. This partnership will provide more options for people looking to get vaccinated,” he said.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is still taking recommendations for possible vaccination mission sites in collaboration with local churches. Any interested churches may contact the office of Representative Tyler Sirois at (321) 449-5111.

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