Created: February 06, 2021 07:23 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A pop-up COVID vaccine clinic was held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Saturday.
It was a collaborative effort between New York State, Monroe County, and several community organizations like Common Ground Health.
"Common Ground Health was asked to reach out to our faith communities for Black and brown people for phase 1b, which is 65 and over," says Jackie Dozier, program manager with Common Ground Health.
Saturday's clinic was specifically meant for people from those underserved Black and brown communities. Appointments were booked by local church volunteers, who went door to door and made phone calls to get people signed up who otherwise might not have had access to the vaccine.
"It was through another church that called me," says Emma Nelson, who received her first dose of the vaccine at Saturday's pop-up clinic. "They were asking had I gotten my vaccination yet and I told them, no, and she set it up for me."
The Convention Center was one of two pop-up sites in the Finger Lakes region on Saturday. The other was at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Geneva.
While Saturday's clinic focused on people over 65, people with comorbidities and underlying conditions will be eligible to receive the vaccine starting February 15.
"You do every group in the state when you do people with comorbidities," said Governor Andrew Cuomo Friday. He also stated that a large majority of the state's Covid deaths have been people with comorbidities. "If you are a teacher with a comorbidity, if you are a homemaker with a comorbidity, if you're a lawyer with a comorbidity, whoever you are... 94% of the deaths are people with comorbidities" he said.
People who got their first dose at the Convention Center today said the process was smooth and easy and encouraged people who are hesitant about getting the vaccine to go ahead and get it if possible.
"Be safe than sorry, because so many people have died, especially people of color, so I would tell them to come get it," says Emma Nelson.
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