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Vulnerable groups vaccinated at pop-up clinic on Cleveland’s East Side

The Shiloh Baptist Church on Saturday contributed to the nationwide effort to get more COVID-19 vaccinations into arms as the delta variant continues to spread
Published: Aug. 14, 2021 at 1:52 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Shiloh Baptist Church on Saturday contributed to the nationwide effort to get more COVID-19 vaccinations into arms as the delta variant continues to spread across the country.

Several members of at-risk groups got their shots at a pop-up clinic at the church on Scovill Avenue in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood.

Pastor Dr. Lisa Goods told 19 News that’s good news in a neighborhood with an 18% vaccination rate.

Good said she’s seen a recent decline in willingness to get vaccinations in the Central neighborhood.

“Hesitancy has taken over in recent months,” she said.

That could put an already vulnerable neighborhood at increased risk. Central is a socially vulnerable neighborhood according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which ranks census tracts on 15 different variables, including poverty, lack of transportation, crowded housing to determine how capable a community is to prevent human suffering and financial loss during a disaster. Central is more vulnerable than 89% of other communities, the data shows.

Joe Capen was one of many who came to the clinic to be vaccinated. He said he’s currently struggling in his personal life and was motivated to come out because of the many incentives, including a gift card of up to $200 for those on Medicare or Medicaid.

Saturday’s event comes just days after the Ohio Department of Medicaid announced COVID-19 vaccination rates are on the rise among Ohioans who are on Medicaid.

“It’s got to do some kind of help,” he said. “Cause there a lot of people that have diseases and stuff.”

Venica Evans, the church’s public relations manager, said homelessness hits close to home for her.

“[I’m] actually doing this from the heart,” she said. “My husband was homeless after coming from the military.”

Capen said he feels hopeful after getting his shot - maybe things can now start to get back to normal.

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