LA CROSSE, Wis. ― Mayo Clinic Health System and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater La Crosse will host free neighborhood COVID-19 vaccine clinics for adults on Thursdays in April and May. The clinics will be providing first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Dates for second doses will be shared with participants.
The clinics are supported by the Wisconsin Department of Health grant Mayo Clinic Health System received to advance racial and geographic equity in the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
According to the grant application, minority and underserved populations are more likely to experience complications due to COVID-19. Current Wisconsin Department of Health data indicates a disparity in vaccination rates amongst these same populations (6.8% black, 10.9 American Indian, 11.3% Asian, 24.1 % white, receiving at least one dose), thereby indicating a need to address community vaccination efforts among these high-risk populations. Further economic disparities exist within the La Crosse community, particularly those who have lost jobs or experienced reduced hours of work due to the pandemic's impact on the local economy.
"Mayo Clinic Health System is committed to providing the COVID-19 vaccine to as many individuals as possible," says Paul Molling, D.O., chair of Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System. "By collaborating among our diverse set of community organizations, we believe that we can make a difference by serving our most at-risk community members and encouraging vaccination among marginalized community groups. We are excited to be partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to offer convenient vaccine clinics in the neighborhoods."
"We are happy to do what we can to help remove some of the barriers to getting the vaccine for not only the members of our clubs but also the families that live in our neighborhood," says Jake Erickson, chief executive officer of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse.
The COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held:
Thursdays, April 15 & 22
Terry Erickson Boys and Girls Club
1331 Clinton St.
Thursdays, April 29 & May 6
Amie L. Mathy Boys and Girls Club
811 Eighth St. S.
Those looking to participate must register prior to coming to receive a COVD-19 vaccination. Call 608-782-3926 to register.
“We encourage everyone to get the vaccine as soon as they can,” says Dr. Molling.
For parents looking to get their children caught up on their immunizations, the La Crosse County Health Department will be offering these childhood vaccinations at the April 22 and April 29 clinics from 3:30–6 p.m.: MMR, Tdap and DTaP, HPV, meningococcal, hepatitis A and B, chicken pox and polio.
Masking and social distancing will be followed.
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Press ContactRick Thiesse