CHICAGO (CBS) — Howard Brown Well being set out on a mass vaccination marketing campaign immediately, with over 2,000 individuals throughout 5 completely different host areas throughout town.
CBS 2’s Marissa Parra experiences it’s a part of their effort to make vaccine distribution a good one.
Vaccinations have been by appointment solely, however even in 10° temperatures, individuals waited in line for hours only for an opportunity of getting a vaccine in case there have been any doses left over.
On Saturday, the Nationwide Museum of Mexican Artwork in Pilsen changed into a vaccination web site.
It’s one in every of 5 areas throughout the South and West sides that Howard Brown Well being is utilizing to offer vaccines to those that qualify; specializing in Chicago’s Black and Brown communities, who’ve seen the vaccine the least.
Maria Marquez, affiliate director at Howard Brown Well being, mentioned whereas giving vaccines in a museum might sound uncommon, it was the placement and the area to social distance that actually received them over. However giving vaccinations at a spot that honors Mexican historical past in Chicago additionally helps get some extent throughout.
“I sometimes solely work Monday by way of Friday, however I’ve been out right here since 5 a.m. this morning, and this workforce of wonderful individuals behind me from Howard Brown, this isn’t a typical workday for them,” Marquez mentioned. “They signed up as a result of they wish to do one thing good for his or her neighborhood.”
The individuals with Howard Brown Well being who’re giving out the vaccine imagine in that message a lot, they’re placing in extra time to do it.
“I believe it sends a message to the neighborhood this is a corporation that’s right here that represents them, that helps them,” Marquez mentioned. “There’s a extreme discrepancy between vaccination entry in prosperous areas versus much less prosperous areas.”
Any extra vaccine doses from individuals who didn’t present as much as their appointment – for example, as a result of climate – received’t be wasted. They’ll be given to the individuals right here within the order they lined up.
Howard Brown Well being and the Museum of Mexican Artwork have additionally teamed together to provide free COVID testing three days every week on the museum — open to undocumented immigrants as effectively.
Howard Brown Well being additionally presents vaccines to established sufferers and neighborhood members who’re important employees – reminiscent of lecturers, first responders, corrections officers, meals employees, manufacturing employees, postal employees, public transit employees, grocery retailer employees – or are age 65 or older. Appointments are available at Howard Brown Health clinics and can be scheduled online.