By Tom Travis
A new community collaboration is bringing Covid vaccines, water, meals and other resources to Flint neighborhoods again this week, with free lunch and COVID-19 vaccines available in the neighborhoods surrounding Saginaw Street. and E. Pierson Road on Thursday, Oct. 7 and in the neighborhoods surrounding Whaley Park on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. both days.
The Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) has created a partnership with Genesee Community Health Center (GCHC), the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department’s (GCCARD) Meet Up and Eat Up program, and the United Way of Genesee County (UWGC) to provide neighborhood-based COVID-19 vaccine opportunities for residents.
Upcoming mobile vaccination units:
- Thursday, Oct. 7 in the Saginaw St. and E. Pierson Rd. and surrounding Areas from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct, 9 in Whaley Park and surrounding Areas from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Whaley Park is located on Flint’s northeast side at the intersection of N. Franklin Ave. and Dort Hwy.
If groups or organizations are interested in having a mobile COVID-19 outreach in their area they can contact Nichole Smith-Anderson at the GFHC at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (810)232-2228.
Each vaccine mobile unit is staffed with nurses and outreach workers from the partner organizations to provide education about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines are available in each mobile unit.
Residents should look for the Meet Up and Eat Up truck (pictured above) or the Genesee Community Health van (pictured below).
Greater Flint Health Coalition community health workers from Genesee CHAP (Community Health Access Program) are also present on each trip to connect residents to other community resources and support services if needed, according to a press release from The Greater Flint Health Coalition.
Genesee County continues to lag 50 per cent mark in COVID-19 vaccination rates
As of Oct. 5 Genesee County is 51.31% fully-vaccinated according to the Genesee County Health Department (GCHD). The GCHD website also cites that 351,646 Genesee County residents have received all the doses of the vaccination.
Lapeer County, immediately east of Genesee County, is only 47.69% fully-vaccinated, Shiawassee County is at 52.65% fully-vaccinated, Tuscola County, northeast of Genesee County, is at 47.58% fully-vaccinated while Cass County, in the lower southwest corner of Michigan, has the lowest rate at 37.46 %fully-vaccinated, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website stated that Genesee County has a COVID-19 positivity rate of 10.78% as of Oct. 6. The CDC website also notes that 19.8 % of Genesee County population is “living in poverty.” The mobile vaccination units traveling throughout the greater Flint area are especially targeting low-income areas.
Updated information about COVID-19 vaccinations can be found at GFHC website www.gfhc.org/about/covid-19 and also at the Genesee County Health Department website www.gchd.us/coronavirus.
EVM Managing Editor Tom Travis can be reached at email@example.com.