“This Friday starting at 830pm we are teaming up with Crescent Care and will be offering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on the neutral ground in front of Dragon’s Den. Get a shot, then get a free shot at Den. Get vaccinated,” the establishment said.
Joe Hui, communications director for CrescentCare, confirmed the partnership to the Washington Examiner, noting that the event would be hosted by the city of New Orleans. Hui also said the supply of the vaccine would be limited to 200 doses and that because a lot of people expressed interest in the initiative, they were attempting to obtain more.
“[New Orleans Health Department] is excited to partner with CrescentCare and a host of local culture bearers to provide one-dose vaccinations to our residents in a novel way,” Dr. Jennifer Avegno, director of the New Orleans Health Department, told the Washington Examiner in a Friday statement. “Nothing is more New Orleans than food, music, and celebration, so why shouldn’t vaccine distribution be embedded in what we as a community love to do? We know our local hospitality industry has suffered tremendously from the pandemic, and this is an opportunity to get more individuals protected so that our local landmarks can get back quicker to showing everyone a good time.”
So far, just under 2.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Louisiana, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state reports that since the start of the pandemic, it has experienced over 448,000 cases of the virus and 10,200 deaths related to it.