The City of Racine and State Partner to Open Vaccine Clinic at Racine’s Community Centers

The goal is to provide more options in neighborhoods to increase vaccinations

The city of Racine – Today, Dottie-Kay Bowersox, the City of Racine Public Health Administrator, and Mayor Cory Mason announced that thanks to a partnership with the State of Wisconsin ‘s Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Wisconsin National Guard, Racine’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Community Center will be a COVID-19 community vaccination location for residents this coming weekend May 14-15th.

Here are the details:

  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 1134 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, will be open on Friday, May 14th and Saturday, May 15th from 11:00am to 7:00pm both days to administer first doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine;
  • Residents must come back to the MLK Center for the second dose on Friday, June 4th and Saturday, June 5th between 11:00am and 7:00pm both days; and

City residents should remember:

  • No appointments are necessary – everything is walk-up; residents can just show up between 11am-7pm on May 14th and May 15th;
  • Vaccinations are FREE;
  • You DO NOT need to show an ID;
  • Bus rides are FREE – just tell the driver you are going to get vaccinated. Bus routes 1 and 3 stop in front of the MLK center; and
  • Anyone above the age of 16 is eligible to get vaccinated – they just need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

“We are thankful for the additional resources from the State and the Wisconsin National Guard in helping to get more of our residents vaccinated. Opening a clinic at our MLK community center is part of our effort to make the vaccine available in the heart of the City. We are committed to making access to the vaccine as convenient as possible for the City’s residents. I urge neighborhood residents near the King Community Center to take advantage of this opportunity. Remember, no appointment needed, the vaccine is free, you do not need to show any ID, and bus rides are free,” said Mayor Cory Mason.

 

“I am grateful for the support from DHS and the National Guard. It is our hope that the MLK Jr Community Center, which is in the middle of the Lincoln-King neighborhood, can provide easy access, in a familiar setting for community members to get vaccinated,” said Dottie-Kay Bowersox, Public Health Administrator for the City of Racine. “We will continue to work with the state and other partners to expand opportunities to get vaccinated and hopefully that will include additional community centers.”

Late last week, Alderman Mollie Jones received her first dose of vaccine at Racine’s Festival Hall. She is encouraging all of our residents to get vaccinated and believes using the community centers as vaccination clinics is a great idea.

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Alderman Mollie Jones received her first dose of vaccine

“I’m very excited to have finally received my COVID vaccination. I had COVID-19 and it was a terrible experience. I am positive that you and those you love would not want to go through what I experienced – so please get vaccinated. So far I am feeling great. It took less than five minutes, and they made the process easy. I am thrilled to be able to spend time with my family and friends again. So please get vaccinated, Racine. Your risks are lower with getting the vaccination than with getting COVID. Our black and brown communities in Racine were hit harder by COVID, so please protect yourself and protect your loved ones! And remember bus rides are free to and from any vaccination site, so go get vaccinated,” said Alderman Mollie Jones.

More information can be found at www.racinecoronavirus.org. Questions about the clinics should be directed to [email protected] or 262-636-9201.

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