One Woman’s Mission to Get Vaccines to Her Rural Alabama Town

[film reel clicks]

[piano note]

[hooves clopping]

[birds chirping]

[smooth jazz music]

[phone dialing]

Hey, Juana, that is your grandmama.

Hey, Jonelle, that is Dorothy.

[register bells ring]

Hey, Tim, the way you doing?

Do you want my assist?

Hey, Jen, I used to be calling to examine

to be sure you have gotten your COVID shot?

You need me to strive to discover out who acquired openings

and allow you to know?

Well, all proper then, expensive.

We’ll discuss to you later now, thanks quite a bit.

[phone beeps]

[phone ringing]

Hey, Miss Neoma, the way you doing?

Doing good.

I’m simply engaged on this COVID-19 shot factor.

Well, I will not know ’til I see what number of we acquired.

‘Cause you understand, they ain’t coming except we acquired sufficient.

You know, so I’m attempting to simply name round

and kinda see, are you aware anyone else

that won’t have it?

Oh my goodness.

Oh, okay.

So that approach, okay.

Okay yeah, I want to get to him then, most likely.

With your age, you 80 years previous

and he positively do not want to be

in the home with you with out the shot.


Well, I’m going to strive to stand up with him then.

Okay, all proper.

[organ music begins]

Well we on this rural space gotta combat for our life.

You know, with this COVID occurring.

I imply, it modified the whole lot.

Even although we a small city, it modified us too.

And so a lot of ’em misplaced their brother, their sister,

their mama and their dad.

Panola is up to now,

to get vaccine, you gotta go 39 miles, I assume.

I imply, that only one approach now,

you are speaking ’bout spherical journey so,

and lots of peoples do not have automobiles.

So we attempting to carry it to Panola.

We want no less than 40 peoples to ensure that them to come out.

[Drucilla] ‘Cause you had what?

[Dorothy] 16 or 17?

[Drucilla] One, two.


Three, 4, 5, six, seven, eight.

Well now we have about roughly twenty-five individuals

already written up.

That’s shut to 30, uh huh, in order that’s good.

So we’ll simply go from there.

[funky rock music begins]

So if we won’t get the photographs,

we’re going to have sick of us.

That’s simply the underside line.

This home up right here, I acquired Squirrel,

however I ain’t acquired the remainder of ’em.

Hey there, the way you doing?

If we carry the vaccination to Panola, will you are taking it?


If y’all see anyone,

realizing they hadn’t been vaccinated, y’all encourage them.

[Man] Yeah.

You can name me or Miss Jackson.

I’m taking names and numbers on the retailer.

We gotta get these photographs,

as a result of that is the one factor gonna assist.

It simply, two or three individuals getting it, ain’t gonna assist.

Everybody acquired to strive to get vaccinated right here so.

I’m gonna do my half.

Yeah, I’m gonna let ’em know you bought a listing on the retailer.

Hey, how y’all doing?

[car horn beeps]

You doing all proper?

[LaDenzel] Yes, ma’am.

You already had your shot?

I did not actually have not made my thoughts up to take, for actual.

You suppose it going to do one thing to you?

I imply, what’s your hesitation there?

Have you had the virus but?

Yeah, I had it.

[Drucilla] You have?

And that wasn’t sufficient for you to make your thoughts up?

[Dorothy laughs]

I’m gonna get you in a minute.

This is what you want to take into consideration, although.

I acquired by way of it that point.

[LaDenzel] Mm hm, yeah.

I am unable to take that probability no extra.

I imply, critical, I might take into consideration that.

‘Cause you see it could actually hit you, proper?

[LaDenzel] Yeah, it’ll.

Okay, so I would not take that probability, I’d go in.

[Elderly Woman] For a very long time, I would not even kiss him.

That what I’m speaking about. [LaDenzel laughs]

That’s what I’m saying, yeah.

So, can put you on the checklist then, proper?

I do not know Miss Dorothy.

[Drucilla] He ain’t made his thoughts.

Ha, I believed I simply made your thoughts up.

[Dorothy laughs]

He know he gotta take that shot ‘trigger these things

ain’t no joke.

[Drucilla] Have you had your vaccination?

[Kimberly] Ma’am?

If it comes to Panola.

Yes, ma’am.

[Drucilla] Then you will be all for taking it.

Yes ma’am.

And she acquired husband too, so go forward and put him down.

She carried out talked him into it now.

Okay, he nonetheless a check, so child, come on with me, child.

[Dorothy laughs]

My niece, my nephew spouse.

It hit her Friday, on her birthday.

That Friday on her birthday.

When it hit her, it truly had just a little chilly or one thing.

Oo, I really feel sick, I’ve a chilly or one thing

after which she little worse the subsequent day.

She dies Sunday night time.

You cannot take probabilities.

I inform anyone do not take no probabilities.

I carried out heard individuals saying they get sick however.

Some individuals say their arm damage,

their arm gonna damage a while.

I did not haven’t any downside with mines in any respect.

I had each of them, did not haven’t any downside in any respect.

It did not each for me.

What’s your title?

Kimberly Cuzen.



[Dorothy] Look at him smiling at me.

You know I do know you do not.

[Dorothy laughs]

You prepared to take that shot?

[Dorothy] You can put me down. Yep, put him down.

Woop, see I acquired him.

[Dorothy laughs]

I’m good.

You certain you going to take it LaDenzel?

Yeah, Imma take it.

[Dorothy] Yeah, he made his thoughts up Miss Jackson.

[Drucilla] Already made up your thoughts.

[LaDenzel] L-A-D-E-N-Z-E-L.

[Dorothy] All proper.

Guess I’ll be actual when y’all get ’em in then.

[Dorothy laughs]

You going to be prepared?

Yeah, I would even do some pushups, get arm sturdy.

[Dorothy] Oh my goodness.

[Dorothy laughs]

Make me snicker, we good to go then.

Thank you child.

Yes ma’am.

[mellow techno music begins]

I simply felt like I had to do it as a result of the federal government,

no one does sufficient on this space.

This space right here is majority black.

Kinda put you on the again burner.

They simply, I imply, you do not have put up with that.

That simply it.

[Dorothy laughs]

I haven’t got to elaborate on that one.

One, two, three, 4.

Seven, eight.

We have a listing of 24 individuals on this sheet

and it is 16 on this sheet.

That’s it, we most likely get proper at 40, most likely.


Supposed to be proper at 40 so in the present day.

So you are gonna strive to get the whole lot

to them tonight or tomorrow?

Yes, I’ll get them this info tonight.


[delicate jazz music begins]

They introduced me to Panola, I met the love of my life.

Sure did.

He was driving huge vehicles.

Late one night, then he had a foul truck accident.

They mentioned he is not going to final to Birmingham

as a result of his foremost arteries minimize in two.

If we might have gotten my husband to Birmingham,

he would have been okay.

I imply that is why I work so exhausting, I’m critical

as a result of it is in my coronary heart to do what I want

to do to assist individuals.


Hey Fonzo, you prepared?

Hey Ms. Jackson.

Hey, the way you doing?

Doing good in the present day.

This one most likely been right here,

she most likely been right here since daylight.

[Dorothy laughs]

She ain’t enjoying, I let you know.

Hey now, I do know this ain’t not a hopper.

[Resident] Yeah.

A variety of you continue to dancing prefer it used to?

All proper then.

[Dorothy laughs]

Well we recognize y’all pondering sufficient of your well being

to come out and take these photographs

so I do know by y’all coming, y’all see this as critical.

So we recognize y’all coming.

We recognize y’all giving it to us.

‘Cause lots of people do not actually know the place to go

to take these vaccines.

[Dorothy] Oh I do know.

Right now, ‘trigger I did not know.

They acquired in contact with me and I’m glad.

Yeah, that is good, that is good.

We need to get again to what?

Normal, that is it.

[all laugh]

Litma need to acquired to this, go and get a giant celebration,

it is all, proper?

[All] Yes. All proper and that is what I’m speaking about.

That’s necessary, that is all proper there.

Well, you care for now and keep secure

as a result of that is what we would like you all to do.

That’s why we working so exhausting.

All proper, expensive.

[Man] Alrighty.


There’s the one which lied.

[woman laughs] I carried out had my vaccine

and no she ain’t had it.

You got here and being Miss Jackson case.

Yeah, that is all proper.

I noticed each of y’all a distinct lot. [all laugh]

[Doctor] I acquired you shot.

You okay?

Relax you arm, loosen up.

That’s it.

I’m certain lots of ’em is likely to be ready until late to come.

I did not need to get it.

I used to be afraid I had nervousness about it.

I perceive that, lots of people is like that.

He’s on hello, he say he on his approach

and Terry Harrison, he carried out been right here.

Oh she carried out been right here too.

[phone beeps]

[phone rings]

[LaDenzel] Hello?

Hey, the way you doing?

How your ribs end up?

[LaDenzel] All proper.

Good, we’re right here ready on you, the place are you?

What you ready on?

[LaDenzel] Oh, midday ain’t right here proper now.

Oh, okay, okay.

They going to be right here until 12 now.

Better not take no probabilities, child.

You higher get it when you can.

You acquired just a little child.

[LaDenzel] Mama gonna get again,

she ought to come on again earlier than 12.

Okay, all proper then, okay.

All proper, take care, bye-bye.

He say he going to strive to get right here.

So we’ll simply have to see.

How y’all suppose you are going.


Great, good, good.

I feel all people was happy too

‘trigger I talked to lots of them, they mentioned it did not damage.

I simply felt it, that is it.

I mentioned, nicely, go take some Tylenol

and take one other one tonight.

They scared they noticed the whole lot on TV

and once they see the little injection, they’re like,

what, that is all?

[woman laughs]

We had a male that come out clinic down there

and when he walked in, he mentioned, y’all gonna have to maintain me,

y’all gonna have to maintain me. Oh no.

I simply can’t do these photographs.

[both laugh]

So I held him and you understand what he mentioned?

Girl, the best way you holding me, I take three extra.

[all laugh]

[Dorothy] No he did not say that, lady.

Yes he did, he did.

I simply hope the remainder of them come, you understand?

So they’ll get their shot.

I let you know, it is nonetheless lots of them on the market

ain’t acquired it although.

Yeah, we acquired two vials extra.

They acquired to come on.

That’s what I’m speaking about. We ain’t acquired lengthy.

[phone ringing]

[techno jingle plays]

Lord have mercy.

[Voice Recording] The buyer you might be calling will not be.

See he ain’t answering, that is once I mentioned we.

It simply gave the impression of to me, he carried out rooster out.

I hate to say that, however I believed I had him.

[thunder roars]

We ain’t acquired a lot time.

I simply hope a number of the remainder of them make their thoughts up

to come on ‘trigger we solely

most likely acquired about 15 extra minutes.

So hopefully they’re going to get right here earlier than we finish.

You want to come on.

[gentle jazz continues]

[rain pours]

Oh right here he comes y’all, the final one, that is him I feel.

All proper then, that is his automobile.

That’s him.

[Dorothy laughs]

There you go, you made it then.

Yes ma’am.

We glad you made it.

I used to be scared, truly acquired kinda little nervous.

I used to be form of scared, however thank God, however that is good.

I’m not afraid of a shot.

[Dorothy laughs]

I used to be nervous you were not coming.

You might not be.

Here they arrive.

Hi, the way you doing?

[LaDenzel] All proper, how are you doing?

All proper, so I’m gonna provide the Moderna vaccine.

I’m gonna hit you within the left, ‘trigger you are righty.

Don’t tighten up.

That’s it.

That’s it, all proper, you are taking Tylenol

you probably have any ache or discomfort.


How did it really feel?

[LaDenzel] It wasn’t unhealthy.

I informed you that.

I guess you simply barely felt it.

I barely felt.

How did your child again ribs come out?

[LaDenzel] Oh they arrive out fairly good.

[LaDenzel] They weren’t no fairly good. Tasty.

I heard about dem ribs, these issues got here out good.

Real tender, actual tender.

Real tender, I do know they was, woo.

[both laugh]

We glad you made it.

That is great, I’m glad you made it.

[rustling paper]

I got here to see you the opposite day.

You ain’t had your shot but.

[Woman] Oh I acquired mine at a nursing residence.

Oh, I’m so pleased with you, okay good.

[Woman] They gave us.

I requested her daddy, your daddy had already gotten his

however now Wu ain’t acquired his and he did not come that day.


He informed me he did not need it.

They gotta take into consideration they mother and pop.


My daughter will not let my son come residence.

You ain’t took no shot, you ain’t come round mama.

[both laugh]

[Woman] Well they’re being secure.

That proper, uh huh, they ain’t gonna let me die,

cannot take no probabilities.

[upbeat jazz music begins]

I can let you know, we acquired the vast majority of them vaccinated

so I really feel good.

We acquired that few that we’ll nonetheless work on.

I ain’t stopping until they mentioned the work is completed.

I do not surrender on ’em, I let you know that.

I can let you know proper now.

[phone beeps]

[phone rings]

Hey Ann, that is Dorothy.

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