Community-led event aims to provide vaccinations for the most vulnerable in a trusted, barrier-free environment
APPLETON, Wis. (Jan. 19, 2022) – On Saturday, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Multicultural Coalition, Inc. and Pointters Community Initiatives will hold a free COVID-19 vaccination event at St. James United Methodist Church, located at 100 W. Capitol Dr. in Appleton (map). The community-led event features interpreters for those who speak Hmong or Spanish, snacks, free books for kids, diapers and personal hygiene products for those who need them.
The Pfizer vaccine will be available for anyone ages five and older; those under 18-years-old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Adults are able to receive their choice of either the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. First, second and/or booster shots will be provided. ID and health insurance are not required.
The second dose clinic for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church.
“Because of the history of the healthcare system in the U.S., many people in the Black community do not trust healthcare. We are working toward building that trust,” explained Oladimeji Tomori, founder of Pointters Community Initiatives and board member of Multicultural Coalition, Inc. “By having us hold this event at our church, we are providing a safe space for people to get vaccinated at a location they trust, surrounded by the people they know and are comfortable with. They are able to receive a vaccination without any questions asked.”
The vaccination clinic will be hosted by multiple community partners including Multicultural Coalition, Inc., United Way Fox Cities, Red Shoes Inc., Pointters Community Initiatives, Partnership Community Health Center, CAP Services, N.E.W. Hmong Professionals and Casa Hispana Inc.