Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Hosts COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

First clinics to be held at Mitchell St. location Aug. 31 and Sept. 28

By - Aug 26th, 2021 10:07 am

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) announced today that it is partnering with Health Connections to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics for its patients and the broader community in some of the state’s most vulnerable areas. The first clinics will be held at PPWI’s Mitchell Street Health Center (1710 S. 7th St. 3rd Floor) Tuesday, Aug. 31 and Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 1–6 p.m. Recent data suggests that the neighborhoods surrounding the Mitchell Street Health Center have a vaccination rate of less than 50 percent.

The vaccine clinics are part of PPWI’s broader vaccine awareness and education campaign, Protect. Every. Body. The campaign has been running since May, and includes outreach by PPWI Promotores de Salud, or community health workers, who work with Spanish speaking communities. PPWI continues to address patient and community concerns about the vaccine and provide accurate information. A total of 20 PPWI Promotores work in nine communities across Wisconsin to provide culturally responsive education in Spanish. To date, PPWI’s Promotores have talked to more than 5,000 individuals directly about the importance of the vaccine.

“COVID-19 continues to disproportionately impact our region’s most vulnerable communities,” said Tanya Atkinson, PWWI president and CEO. “As the Delta variant causes cases to increase in Wisconsin, we know the vaccine, and access to it, is more critical than ever. We are committed to helping everyone in our community stay healthy, strong and protected against COVID-19.”

A core focus of the outreach campaign and vaccine clinics is to ensure the hardest hit communities get the information they need to make informed health care choices. In Wisconsin, communities of color have experienced higher rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths since the pandemic began.  Compared to White Wisconsin residents, Hispanic or Latinx residents have 1.7 times greater case rates, Black residents have 2.1 times greater hospitalization rates, and American Indian residents have 1.5 times greater death rates.

Appointments are not required for the vaccine clinics. Participants can pre-register at https://www.healthconnectmke.org and walk-ins are also welcome. Those ages 12 to 17 must have a parent or guardian present. All eligible individuals will be able to receive the vaccine regardless of ID, documentation, or insurance status. Assistance in Spanish will also be available onsite.

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