JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – St. Stephen AME Church in Jacksonville hosted a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Sunday following its drive-up Easter service.
After dozens of cars filled with people packed the parking lot for the service at 10 a.m., the Agape Family Health-JTA Wellness on Wheels Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Program stopped at the church parking lot at 913 West 5th St. from noon to 4 p.m. to offer the Moderna vaccine to people age 18 and older.
“It is really important for us to be able to take that next step and making sure people have that opportunity to get vaccinated, making sure we are touching groups of people who say we want this,” said Mia Jones, CEO of Agape Family Health.
There were two buses at the event. One bus was for people who were receiving the vaccine. It’s where the shots were administered. Once people received their dose, they walked off that bus and onto another bus where they were monitored.
Those who received their first dose Sunday at the church will be able to return for their second dose from noon to 4 p.m. May 2.
For Myschelle Jones and Peyton Walter, Sunday was the first time they were able to access the COVID19 vaccine because of their age.
“We are the superspreaders to be completely transparent. We go out. We still work,” said Walter. “So it is very exciting that we have the opportunity to nip it in the bud and life gets back to normal.”
Myschelle Jones added: “The opportunity is here now.”
Mary Brown has been eligible to get the shot for a few weeks, but she said nerves kept her from doing so. Sunday was the day she conquered that fear.
“I put it off long enough,” Brown said.
Ms Brown says she’s held-off on getting the COVID19 vaccine out of fear of possible side effects... but today she faced that fear and received her first dose at her church.— Zachery Lashway (@ZachLashway) April 4, 2021
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Mia Jones said people can access the COVID-19 vaccine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day at the vaccination site at Edward Waters College.
To see the schedule of where Wellness on Wheels is going next, visit agapecovidhealth.com.