Community organizations join forces to provide vaccines | Regional News from Berks

READING, Pennsylvania – With the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise again and vaccine availability increasingly restricted, the Olivet Boys & Girls Club and the County Health Center are teaming up.

“We’re obviously concerned about what we’re seeing, just because of the impact on young people already with their health but also their mental health capacity,” said Chris Winters, CEO of Olivet Boys & Girls Club.

Pharmacies point to high demand and low staffing as the reason for their struggle to get more initial shots and boosters before Christmas.

The increase in the number of cases is a concern for community organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club.

“We are still seeing the same situation that we have seen over the past 18 months,” Winters said. “Until we get people vaccinated, we will continue to see this problem.”

To reduce the pressure on area pharmacies, an all-ages vaccination clinic is scheduled for Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oakbrook Olivet location on Pershing Boulevard. No appointment is necessary.

“We’re going to give you the option to get vaccinated,” Winters said. “We will give you the option of receiving booster shots by working with a community partner. “

The club says various community partnerships to deliver vaccines are proving crucial to the fight against COVID-19 as it continues through this next phase.

“We will continue to promote clinics wherever they are located so that we can get more of them. Not only young people, vaccinated, but people at risk,” Winters said.

The club announces that it will be announcing more pop-up clinics in the days and weeks to come.

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