The pop-up vaccination clinic was pretty straightforward – just a few folding tables and chairs outside at an apartment complex in West Arlington.
Workers greeted patients in English and Spanish. Insects buzzed in the trees as people waited their 15 minutes after vaccination to make sure they were feeling well before continuing their day.
Gabriela Reeves and her 12-year-old daughter Constance came to the pop-up to get their second snaps.
It’s close to where they live, which made it easier for Reeves to fit vaccination into his busy schedule. Before, she found herself pushing back.
“Making it practical for me made it possible,” she said.
Constance is feeling better now that she has taken her last dose.
“Now I don’t have to worry about any more things,” she said.
Healthcare company Curative began creating these pop-ups when the initial demand and rush for the vaccine ended.
They will appear anywhere: churches, schools, even McDonald’s.
David Grove is leading Curative’s vaccination efforts in Texas. He said attendance for pop-ups, which don’t require an appointment, can vary.
“In some of them, we sometimes give as little as 20 doses, which is very little,” Grove said. “Sometimes we get lucky and there were 300 people showing up.”
The aim is to bring the vaccines to neighborhoods, where they are easier to obtain, even for people without personal transport.
“There are people who wonder why people still give the vaccine? Nobody wants it anymore,” Grove said. “What they don’t see is that there are these pocket communities that maybe don’t get as much publicity that are definitely in need of it, and are still coming to get it.
Alejandra Andrade of Fort Worth was not vaccinated earlier because she was hesitant and wanted to see if it was safe.
“I feel good because I can protect my parents,” she said. “They are old people, so I do it mostly for them.
Andrade now joins the roughly 30% of Tarrant County residents who have received all of their COVID-19 vaccines, according to departmental data.
A recent report from UT Southwestern says vaccination rates in north Texas are slowing and a spike in hospitalizations for COVID-19 could follow.
People wishing to be vaccinated can find sites nearby by entering their postcode on the CDC’s vaccine research website.
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