VaxUp COVID family fun event in Sumter Nov. 27


A collaboration between Carolina For All and the Racial Justice Network has led to a family fun event to educate Sumter on the importance of the vaccine for COVID-19.

Sumter County Councilman Carlton Washington and Racial Justice Network founder Elder Johnson teamed up with Lawrence Moore, director of Carolina For All and national vice president of the Racial Justice Network, to host VaxUp: Get The Facts for Sumter families to learn more about COVID-19 and vaccines.

"The purpose of this event is to educate the people of Sumter and surrounding areas on the COVID virus, delta variant, the importance of the vaccine and booster shots and the importance of vaccination for school-age children," said Jacob Dennis, chairman of the VaxUp event.

Various speakers will be front and center to talk about myths surrounding the vaccines and provide more information on how the virus affects communities, specifically the Black community. Along with the speakers, the MLK Riders of South Carolina, a nonprofit saddle club, will be in attendance for children.

The event will be held on Nov. 27 at the horse area in Dillon Park, located at Clara Louise Kellogg Drive, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Hotdogs, hamburgers and a variety of chips will be served. Drinks for children and adults, along with water, will be available.

For more information, call Dennis at (803) 840-4784.