UTICA — Dozens of people arrived early Monday to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at a “pop-up” clinic at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, 13 Clark Place.
The event — which began at 10 a.m. and had appointments scheduled through 3:30 p.m. — was held at the Mohawk Valley Health System in conjunction with New York State and the local Health Equity Task Force. It was designed to provide vaccinations for eligible members, including those age 65 or older, those with chronic conditions, essential workers - including grocery and restaurant workers, and healthcare workers within the Black, Latino and refugee populations.
The vaccination clinic was a “closed” site, to help make vaccinations available for typically underserved populations.
In order to register, people had to go through one of the following organizations: Tabernacle Baptist Church; the NAACP of Utica; the NAACP of Rome; the (Refugee) Center of Utica; the Mohawk Valley Latino Association or the MVHS. Jackie Nelson, president of the Rome branch of the NAACP, is on the state equity task force which seeks to help make vaccinations available for these typically underserved populations.