Fort Worth is looking for COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the neighborhood – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The city of Fort Worth is now an independent supplier of COVID-19 vaccines, city officials announced this week.
Fort Worth is working to expand locations for available COVID-19 vaccine supplies and looking for opportunities to bring immunization clinics to neighborhoods, according to a city newsletter released Thursday.
The city is looking for organizations to host community vaccination clinics and has set some minimum requirements:
- Provide the location with a large indoor space (e.g. gymnasium, family life center, cafeteria or similar)
- Preferably with a separate inlet and outlet
- Seven day notice
- Fifty or more people interested in receiving a vaccine
- Five 6-foot tables
- Thirty or more chairs
Reverend Melvin Wilson Jr., senior pastor at Baker Chapel AME Church in Fort Worth, expressed support for the initiative on Saturday.
“I think it’s wonderful,” Wilson said. “We are more than willing to offer and be a part of help. I think more collaboration needs to be done to build trust. “
The church hosted its monthly food giveaway on Saturday at its location on Humbolt Street in Fort Worth. Baker Chapel AME Church is located in zip code 76104, which was determined in a 2019 study by scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center to have the shortest life expectancy in Texas.
Saturday’s event also included eye screening, a pediatric mobile clinic, counseling resources, and registration assistance for voting and appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. Wilson said he believed churches could help connect the community to health resources.
“For many years the church has been the pinnacle of community and thus people will be able to extend more trust to the church rather than to a parking lot or sometimes even to a town. [site] without a church name being attached to it, ”he said.
The Rev. Courtene’y Martin, Associate Minister of the Baker Chapel AME, has contributed to the slow traffic in COVID-19 vaccine registrations. At noon on Saturday, she said they had registered five people.
“One, because, yes… they hesitate. Second, they received the wrong information from the start. They don’t trust science and they have had bad experiences from the medical community. So black and brown people are generally very… cautious, even skeptical, ”Martin said. “Please come out. Please register. Please let your friends and family know so that we can be safe. We cannot all be safe until each of us is taken care of.
Wilson said he hoped the active role of churches and other places of worship in distributing vaccines will help reduce vaccination rates.
Organizations interested in hosting a vaccination clinic in Fort Worth are asked to complete this form.