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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2021
DeKalb Hosts First COVID-19 Vaccination Pop-Up Clinic for Seniors
DECATUR, Ga.–The DeKalb County Human Services Department, in partnership with the DeKalb County Board of Health and District 5 Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, recently helped 500 DeKalb seniors to get COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic was held at the Lou Walker Senior Center and was made possible with the help of volunteer health clinicians, who were members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Human Services Department staff developed a registration and notification system for seniors interested in participating.
More than 1,300 seniors contacted the Human Services Department and a waiting list was established for those who were not able to participate in the Pop-Up Clinic. The Department also coordinated the logistics for the clinic, which included compliance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for the prevention of COVID-19.
“Our partnership with DeKalb Board of Health allowed the department to make a challenging situation more accessible to DeKalb seniors,” stated Damon Scott, director of the DeKalb Human Services Department. “We are very thankful for the opportunity to have this pop-up event hosted at the Lou Walker Senior Center.
Numerous seniors in attendance expressed their appreciation for the Pop-Up Clinic, which brought the COVID-19 vaccine directly to their community.
“It’s obvious to us that medical professionals and community organizations worked well as a team in order to successfully carry out a program of this magnitude,” stated Joyce and John Tuck.