BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It was a group effort to get 50 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents of Baltimore’s Mondawmin neighborhood Saturday morning.
Dera James mentioned she’s feeling relieved.
“I’m blessed,” James mentioned. “I’ve been attempting for months to get it.”
She was one in every of 50 folks to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore.
“I’ve some underlying situations and I used to be very anxious about getting it, so I’m glad the chance has offered itself,” James mentioned.
Making this vaccine pop-up attainable was a group effort. Dr. Patricia Welch labored on behalf of the church.
“This can be a pleasant place, this can be a protected place, and the group looks like in the event that they’re providing it, in the event that they’re offering this for me, I can go as a result of we belief them,” Welch mentioned.
It’s half of a bigger effort often known as the Vaccine Fairness Activity Pressure.
“Once we take into consideration the communities, the underserved communities, the hard-to-reach communities and we speak about vaccine hesitancy, after we come to those places we are able to deal with these, we are able to get the vaccine into arms of these underserved communities,” Maryland Nationwide Guard Brigadier Common Janeen Birckhead mentioned.
Whereas there are bigger mass vaccination websites throughout Baltimore Metropolis, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford mentioned he hopes to see extra of those small sights open within the coming weeks.
“We wish to ensure that we attain the communities which are usually not reached,” Lt. Governor Rutherford mentioned.
This was a comfortable rollout that vaccinated 50 folks. Subsequent week, they plan to triple that quantity.