To improve immunization access in neighborhoods with lower immunization rates, Tarrant County Public Health plans to partner with Trinity Metro to provide on-site immunization services on buses.
Below plan, a 60-foot designated immunization bus will be deployed to several neighborhoods in the county and may provide community immunization clinics.
Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja presented the plan to county commissioners this week and added that setting up the route would be up to the county.
“Our goal is to look at communities with low vaccination rates, underserved communities, and communities with transportation problems,” he explains. “We are still in the process of recruiting sponsors, but the idea is that we will have an outreach team who knock on the door if you want. They can go and get to that area, walk and talk to people. Are you interested in getting vaccinated? What other questions can we answer for you? Then, if people say, ‘Yes, that’s a great idea’ … well, we have a bus right around the corner. Why don’t we vaccinate you? ”
It will take time to implement the plan, Taneja said Tuesday. Laverne Campbell, director of health for Beth Eden Baptist Church, welcomes the idea. During the summer, the church functions as a testing and vaccination site for COVID-19. They plan to reopen as a location next month to deliver vaccine boosters.
“The fact is that people want to know if they have it, but [they’re] Campbell said.
The church is located at Fort Worth ZIP code 76119. In the past four months, the region Vaccination rates have increased from 37% to just over 40%, as of Thursday. In Tarrant County, 53% of all residents are fully immunized as of this week.
Campbell suggested Thursday that county health leaders should partner with communities of faith on vaccination buses.
“In every community, whether people who live in that community go to that church or not, if that church is in that community… they trust that church,” she said. “They trust people who go there, so they’re more likely to visit a mobile device if it’s parked in a church parking lot or the like than in a grocery store parking lot. ”
Details of the program including when it might begin and which neighborhoods will be prioritized remain in the works. As of this week, more than 3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Tarrant County.
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