A New Mexico book club has switched gears during the pandemic — helping thousands of people in their community get vaccinated for COVID-19, a report said.
The 11-member group — called The Fabulous Ladies Book Club — got involved in the effort when a member’s husband, Dr. Stephen Rath, opened a vaccine clinic in the village of Ruidoso, KOB reported.
Rath started the operation after a state health department worker called asking for assistance.
“She said we didn’t have anybody in Lincoln County that was willing or able to vaccinate the public,” Rath told the outlet.
“She said they had vaccines to send to us if we could or were willing to open up a vaccine clinic.”
The book club joined in by helping to promote the new site.
The Fabulous Ladies Book Club is helping people in New Mexico get vaccinated for COVID-19.Facebook
“It was a lot of trying to put it out there, reaching out to people we knew, taking phone calls from 7 a.m.,” member Alexandra Born told KOB.
“I had people texting me at 11 p.m. All of us are trying to do full jobs the entire time,” she said.
The book club’s work didn’t go unnoticed. After being featured in the Washington Post, they received praise from former first lady Michelle Obama.
“The Fabulous Ladies Book Club is an example of what is possible when people come together to help their community in times of need,” Obama tweeted.
“Their incredible organizing work has helped so many people in their town get the COVID-19 vaccine. Way to go, ladies!”