STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Getting a vaccine can be inconvenient for people living in rural areas.
To help with that, Oktibbeha County Hospital teamed up with a church on Thursday afternoon to bring the vaccine to the outskirts of Starkville.
Tyrone Stallings is a pastor at New Zion United Methodist Church in Starkville.
His church hosted the pop-up vaccine clinic as a way to minimize the effects of the pandemic on our daily lives.
“The fear that you have now for not coming to church or going to different events that you normally would go," explained Stallings, "[if you] take your shot, you’ll be protected."
Stallings and numerous other Starkville residents got their boosters with the help of OCH nurses.
However, some people, like Maggie Edmonds, came for her first dose of the vaccine.
She explained that she was hesitant at first to get the shots because of some underlying diseases, but now she believes it is the best thing for her and her family.
“If I go head-on and have it done," said Edmonds, "I will be more able to get out more comfortably around other people.”
Both Edmonds and Stallings encouraged others to get vaccinated and have a message to those on the fence with their decision.
“It’s not something to be afraid of just do it,” said Edmonds.
“If you don’t get it for others, get it for yourself," said Stallings. "If you don’t want to get it for yourself, get it for the ones you love.”
OCH and the Mississippi Core of the RURAL Study at UMMC also held a clinic later on Thursday in Crawford at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.