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Get A Shot At McDonalds? Pop-Up Clinics Bring COVID-19 Vaccines Anywhere They're Needed.

A colorful red, white and blue van with the star-shaped Curative logo sits in an apartment complex parking lot on a sunny day.
Miranda Suarez
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KERA
The healthcare company Curative uses vans like this one to bring doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to its pop-up clinics.

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.

Gabriela Reeves and her daughter Constance smile under their masks after getting their COVID-19 vaccines. Reeves has a little circular bandage on her upper arm.
Miranda Suarez
Gabriela Reeves and her daughter Constance got their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up clinic in West Arlington.

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.

Got a tip? Email Miranda Suarez at msuarez@kera.org. You can follow Miranda on Twitter @MirandaRSuarez.

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