Roanoke Church Distributes Free Hot Dogs With COVID-19 Vaccines
ROANOKE, Virginia – To reach those who remain in Southwest Virginia who are not vaccinated but maybe on the fence about it, health and community officials are getting creative and focusing their efforts directly on this. group.
The Carilion Clinic and VDH focused on community vaccination events, like the one at Mount Zion AME Church on Friday.
“It was important to take a step back from the large community vaccination sites and make them more widely available, closer to where people are,” said Carilion Clinic Senior Director of Pharmacy, Dr. Chad Alvarez.
You can vaccinate your COVID-19 at retail pharmacies, your primary care doctor, the local health department and now at these small events, Alvarez says.
“We work with the Carilion clinic and others who provide us with community health workers; we work with a contractor from Virginia Emergency Management who helps us; we go door to door; we go to big events; we go to places where people are vaccinated, ”said Christie Wills, communications manager for the Roanoke City and Alleghany health districts.
CDC is mapping vaccine reluctance across the country.
According to the CDC’s analysis, most communities in Virginia fall into the 7-10% hesitation category, which ranks second. However, health leaders still want to reach this hesitant population.
“We heard President Biden talk about incentives. So I felt so led by Biden and the Spirit of God, ”said Reverend Dr Amy Hodge of Mount Zion AME Church.
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