Pop-up vaccination pod in Utica targets minorities and refugees

A COVID vaccination site was set up on Monday in Utica to help get more minorities and refugees vaccinated.

Posted: Mar 1, 2021 6:30 PM

Utica, N.Y. - A state pop-up COVID vaccination pod opened in Utica on Monday to help get more minorities and refugees vaccinated.

It went from 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Clark Place in Utica.

The site was run jointly by the state, MVHS and the local Health Equity Task Force.

This was just for those people eligible under state guidelines who are among the the black, latino, and refugee population.

250 shots were allotted for the clinic by the state.

Clinic Manager, Sarah Deming, who is also the Director of Infection Prevention at MVHS says she hopes the state provides more vaccine soon to get more of the minority and refugee population vaccinated, "I think they’ll definitely be different locations. As far as how often they will be, I think a lot of that depends on how well this first effort goes and we're able to work out kind of all the logistics, but we don’t have a second one scheduled as of yet. But we do have some additional locations in mind so we’re just kind of waiting for the vaccine and the official go ahead that run those organizations and will be happy to be there."

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