Get A Shot At McDonalds? Pop-Up Clinics Bring COVID-19 Vaccines Anywhere They're Needed.
A health care company called Curative is bringing pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics to neighborhoods around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Making vaccination more convenient is key.
The pop-up vaccine clinic was pretty simple — just a few folding tables and chairs outside at an apartment complex in West Arlington.
Workers welcomed patients in English and Spanish. Insects buzzed in the trees as people waited their 15 minutes post-vaccine to make sure they felt OK before continuing their day.
Gabriela Reeves and her 12-year-old daughter Constance came to the pop-up to get their second shots.
It's close to where they live, which made it easier for Reeves to fit vaccination into her busy schedule. Before, she found herself putting it off.
"Making it convenient for me made it possible," she said.
Constance feels better now that she’s had her final dose.
“Now I don’t have to worry about more things,” she said.
The health care company Curative started doing these pop-ups when the initial demand and rush for the vaccine ended.
They'll show up anywhere: churches, schools, even McDonald's.
David Grove leads Curative's vaccine efforts in Texas. He said attendance at the pop-ups, which don't require an appointment, can vary.
“At some of these, we administer sometimes as low as 20 doses, which is very little,” Grove said. “Sometimes we get lucky and there would be 300 people that would show up.”
The goal is to bring vaccines into neighborhoods, where they're easier to get even for people without personal transportation.
"There's people that are wondering, why are people still administering vaccine? Nobody wants it anymore,” Grove said. “What they aren't seeing is there are those pocket communities that maybe aren't getting as much publicity that certainly are in need of it, and are still coming to get it."
Alejandra Andrade of Fort Worth didn't get vaccinated earlier because she was hesitant and wanted to see if it was safe.
“I feel good about it because I get to protect my parents,” she said. “They’re elderly people, so I do it mostly for them.”
Andrade now joins the roughly 30% of people in Tarrant County who have gotten all their shots against COVID-19, according to county data.
A recent report from UT Southwestern says vaccination rates in North Texas are slowing down, and a spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations could follow.
People looking to get vaccinated can find sites near them by entering their zip code at the CDC’s vaccine finder website.
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