CHARLOTTE — Mecklenburg County Public Health will be co-hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Saturday with the United House of Prayer for All People at their Beatties Ford Road location.
The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2321 Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte.
“Community-based clinics like this one are essential to making sure we equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines here in Mecklenburg County. We’re excited to partner with the United House of Prayer for All People to offer 500 vaccines to healthcare workers and seniors in the Beatties Ford Road corridor,” said Public Health Director Gibbie Harris.
Community-based clinics like Saturday’s provide low-barrier vaccine opportunities for those who might be limited by transportation, access to the internet or may only be willing to come if invited by their community leader, faith leader, or another person they trust.
“Having an excellent location and space and really working with the church directly to be able to do a large number of vaccinations was an exciting idea,” said Dr. Raynard Washington, Mecklenburg County Deputy Health Director.
The church was at the center of a massive COVID-19 outbreak in October that the county tied 213 positive COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths to.
“We welcome our eligible neighbors and members to our property for vaccination this Saturday,” said Apostle R. White, Pastor, United House of Prayer for All People. “The impact of health disparities on African Americans is well documented. As a predominantly African American congregation here in Mecklenburg County, the United House of Prayer -- and our leader Bishop C.M. Bailey -- felt it incumbent upon us to open our doors and encourage our members, neighbors and friends to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Furthermore, we continue to urge our community to properly wear masks, socially distance, and stay home if you are sick.”
Will Adams works to end violence in Charlotte with Team Trublue but he’s also a member of the United House of Prayer, and he’s happy about the work his church is now doing to end the pandemic.
“I think be a part of change is what’s necessary and what’s needed and I think it’s a great thing,” Adams said. “We’re going to be the spreader of hey, come and get this vaccine. Let’s get to feeling better. Let’s get to healing Charlotte.”
Most of the 500 appointments for the clinic are already filled but the county is planning more events like it.
“As long as we continue to love on each other and provide hope back into our community, we’re going to be alright,” Adams said.
MCPH is accepting applications to co-host community-based COVID-19 vaccine clinics. A new form on the county’s COVID-19 vaccination page allows community groups and organizations to submit requests to co-host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available here or by calling the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.
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