Early on, Texas Health committed to being part of the process to make sure that every North Texan who wants a COVID vaccine gets a COVID vaccine. A key component of that is providing equitable access to vaccines, especially for underserved and vulnerable populations in our community. Here are some of the ways we’re bringing vaccines to all in our region, and how you can support and participate in these efforts.
Texas Health has teamed up with community, business and faith organizations to host pop-up vaccine clinics, giving residents easy access to vaccines within their own neighborhoods.
Through these clinics, Texas Health has administered nearly 10,000 vaccine doses. More than half of those vaccinated are between the ages of 16 and 49.
What began as clinics throughout Tarrant County has now expanded to Erath, Johnson and Kaufman counties thanks to a $1 million grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas’ W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund.
To date, the Texas Health Mobile Health team has held more than 130 clinics at roughly 40 different locations. A list of upcoming pop-up vaccination clinics can be found here. For appointment scheduling, call 1-855-318-7696. Walk-ins are welcome.
Engaging Students to Tackle Hesitancy
With a recently awarded grant of almost $1 million from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, Texas Health is joining forces with local universities to create and deploy a vaccine education plan that engages students as representatives of their local vulnerable and vaccine hesitant communities. Each university will implement a master’s-level, credit-based course in which students from multidisciplinary majors will develop and implement outreach and education strategies that are culturally appropriate and relevant. The effort will focus on underserved communities in Dallas, Collin and Kaufman counties.
Community Outreach Resources
Using social media ads aimed at specific geographical locations, and with the help of trusted authorities and community partners, Texas Health is raising awareness about vaccination opportunities and debunking myths about the vaccines.
We know that those who often have the biggest impact in spreading awareness and information about vaccines are trusted members of the very communities we’re trying to reach. We’ve created educational and awareness resources in multiple languages for organizations to share within communities. You can find the materials here, as well as information about downloading our Vaccine Education Toolkit.