COVID Survivor Sunday Mission: Help Bronzeville Community Get Vaccinated

CHICAGO — A Bronzeville church is working to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19, a very personal mission for a member.

First Church of Deliverance Public relations coordinator Mikie Samuel says she survived a battle with COVID-19 early in the pandemic that left her in a coma for two months.

“They didn’t know how to treat me. They just tried everything they could think of and luckily it worked to save my life,” Samuel said. “That and the blessings of God.”

Samuel says she is still dealing with the effects of Covid. She says the virus exacerbated a heart condition without her knowledge which, months later, required open-heart surgery.

“I want more people to understand that Covid is not a game to play with,” Samuels said.

In the present, Samuel says she works tirelessly with the First Church of Deliverance at 43rd and Wabash to help more people get vaccinated. The Illinois Department of Public Health will be hosting a free vaccination clinic at the church every Sunday in February from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

No appointment is necessary.

Associate Pastor Robin Anderson says it’s a vital part of the church’s mission to reach out to the community.

“We’ve actually had a partnership with IDPH since September, so we’ve been doing it since September,” Anderson said. “First, it was once a month. Then it became monthly.

“We just want to make sure our church says, ‘Hey, it’s okay, come in the house and be blessed and get vaccinated. We want you to feel comfortable. We want people to live and not die.

Samuel hopes his story and his faith will inspire others.

“I’m so grateful to God every day,” she said. “If it hadn’t been for the Lord, I wouldn’t be here. I would have been gone. I would have been one of 900,000 people [who died of Covid]. That’s what got me out of it. »

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