MedStar, Tarrant County, LVTRise partner on mobile vaccine clinic
Published on February 02, 2021
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Underserved populations often have difficulties accessing central sites for COVID-19 vaccines and navigating the vaccine registration process.
To address those problems, MedStar, LVTRise and Tarrant County Public Health partnered to bring the coronavirus vaccine to the Las Vegas Trail community in west Fort Worth for a community vaccine clinic on Tuesday. Vaccines were administered to people in the 1A and 1B categories.
In addition to vaccinating those preregistered for vaccines through Tarrant County Public Health, staff from LVTRise helped people who need to register but have not been able to do so.
“This type of grassroots partnership is exactly what’s needed to make the COVID vaccine more accessible for residents who are not able to travel to regional vaccine mega-sites,” said District 3 Councilmember Dr. Brian Byrd. “The success of this clinic could serve as a model of how we do similar programs across the region.”
LVTRise Executive Director Willie Rankin said: “Hosting this event fits perfectly with the mission of LVTRise: helping residents of the Las Vegas Trail area improve their neighborhood and day-to-day lives. We are certain the lessons learned from this event will allow similar events to be conducted here and across the community.”
“This may be a small number of vaccines, but it will have a huge impact to the people of this community,” said Vinny Taneja, Tarrant County Public Health director. “We encourage everyone to sign up to be vaccinated.”
MedStar staff administered the vaccines and providing related support. Tarrant County Public Health provided the vaccines and materials, and LVTRise provided the familiar venue and staff to help residents navigate the vaccine clinic and register for future vaccination clinics.