VNA, City of Aurora collaborate to take vaccines directly to neighborhoods
VNA Health Care and the City of Aurora recently announced a new collaboration to help bring COVID-19 vaccinations directly to those in need via mobile clinics.
The effort to vaccinate residents right where they live, work, and play is part of VNA's broader vaccination initiatives, including providing vaccines in homes and at workplaces, schools, churches, and other convenient community settings by request.
"The most important thing people can do to keep themselves, their loved ones and their community safe from COVID-19 is get vaccinated, and VNA is pleased to partner with the City of Aurora once again to provide vaccinations right in Aurora neighborhoods," said Linnea Windel, president and CEO of VNA Health Care. "We hope that by meeting people right where they are, we can remove barriers to vaccination access and get shots into the arms of those who haven't yet been vaccinated."
Four first-dose mobile clinics will be available for walk-ins, with no appointments required:
• Friday, July 23, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Fox Valley Flea Market, 1500 E. New York St.
• Monday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at McCleary School, 1002 W. Illinois Ave.
• Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the United Neighbors National Night Out, 551 Fourth Ave.
• Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Family Focus, 2550 Second Ave.
"While we have made significant progress in our local vaccination efforts, the pandemic is still a serious reality," said Mayor Richard C. Irvin. "As the virus and its variants are causing an increase in positivity rates, we must recommit to increasing our vaccination efforts in Aurora with a hyper-local approach. Once again, VNA Health Care has answered the call by launching mobile vaccination efforts in neighborhoods throughout the city. We all must step up before we have to step back into restrictions and mitigations that none of us want to revisit."
VNA will schedule second doses at a VNA clinic most convenient for participants.
Dates and locations for additional first-dose mobile clinics will be announced later.
With a focus on vaccine equity and increasing vaccination rates among underserved communities, VNA has administered more than 50,000 COVID vaccinations to date.