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Big turnout at pop-up vaccination clinic in Madison

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- A walk-up-only coronavirus vaccine clinic at a Madison church drew hundreds Sunday.

A line stretched for blocks on a dreary morning.

At Trinity United Methodist Church, an evolving memorial exists, dedicated to the lives lost during the pandemic.

Each ribbon represents a death.

Sunday, things were looking more hopeful.

"We want to stop hanging ribbons and we are actively helping to do that this morning," Pastor Breanna Illéné said.

She says the walk up vaccination clinic was organized in under an hour Saturday thanks to a partnership from Hayat Pharmacy, who had done these sorts of clinics in Milwaukee, and Fitchburg Family Pharmacy.

"We had some extra vaccine and we didn't want it to go to waste and we've had appointments open in Milwaukee and no one came, so we just wanted to make sure we didn't waste them," Lauren Spelawn, one of the pharmacists with Hayat Pharmacy, said.

There was no registration. The clinic was advertised through social media and word of mouth, and still hundreds of people showed up last minute to get their doses.

"It's really exciting to see a community want the vaccine," Spelawn said. "Vaccine hesitancy is a big problem right now and to see people that are excited about it is really encouraging."

Among the hundreds in line was UW Health's Dr. William Hartman who was getting his teenage sons vaccinated.

He says because his sons had just become eligible for the vaccine last week, and can only get the Pfizer vaccine, getting an appointment for them was nearly impossible until Sunday.

He says this style of pop-up, walk-up clinic was something other providers should try.

"This takes the logistics really out of it for the individual person," he said. "It seemed very organized and definitely should be an example going forward as to how these can work."

Being there, he says, was eye opening.

"I was very excited for [my sons], but also very moved by the fact that there was hundreds of people that were lined up in the rain all wanting to get the vaccine. They all want to be part of the solution," he said.

The team will be back to give people second doses on May 2.

In the meantime, everyone there was open to the possibility of doing something like this again.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Hayat Pharmacy partnered with Trinity United Methodist Church and Fitchburg Family Pharmacy to host a walk-in COVID-19 clinic Sunday.

Hayat Pharmacy announced the clinic in a Facebook post Saturday, less than 24 hours before the pop-up was scheduled to start.

Tomorrow we are partnering with Trinity United Methodist Church and Fitchburg Family Pharmacy to host a walk-in vaccine...

Posted by Hayat Pharmacy on Saturday, April 10, 2021

The short turnaround and dreary weather didn't deter people from waiting; hundreds of people stood in line outside in hopes of getting vaccinated.

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