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Pop-up vaccine clinic provides shots to immigrants and refugees in Madison neighborhood

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Bayview housing community is hosting a vaccine clinic for its residents Wednesday, with the goal of getting doses and information to disadvantaged community members.

Because many residents either don't have internet access or don't know how to use the internet, the community is working with Benevolent Specialist Project to provide an accessible clinic. A large share doesn’t have access to a car to drive to an available vaccine site.

The affordable housing community, which sits in the triangle formed by Regent Street, West Washington and Park Street, is home to 102 low-to moderate-income families who are primarily immigrants and refugees from over 12 countries.

"Getting the vaccine and something that is seen as sort of like the light at the end of the tunnel, it can seem even further away for some of these people," said Bayview Community Programs Manager Nate Schorr. "So this has meant so much to people to meet them where they are, and to help get them through the finish line here."

Multilingual staff and community members will be at the clinic to answer any questions residents may have. State representative Francesca Hong (D-Madison) and Madison alder Tag Evers will also volunteer at the clinic.

"Bringing the clinic directly to the community is an important step in ensuring that residents can get vaccinated," Schorr said in the release.

The clinic was able to vaccinate 40 people with doses of Moderna. They will hold a second clinic May 5 to give people their second doses. Bayview has collected a waitlist and plans to hold more clinics to meet the need.

Peter Culver

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