Dre Kirkpatrick’s 21 Kids Foundation is partnering with several Attalla churches to provide educational outreach and vaccinations to the community through its Let's Huddle campaign's "Real Facts Tour."
The effort is designated for African American churches in Etowah and Calhoun counties.
“We are humbled to have the opportunity to partner with African American churches to educate their congregations about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine and provide easy access for those that choose to get vaccinated,” said Charlotte Worthy, executive director of the foundation.
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The first clinic is from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Norris Museum and Event Center, located at the corner of Cherry and Holly streets in Attalla.
“We will be providing free food, Visa gift cards and will be drawing for two Apple iPads and 2 sets of Apple AirPods from the names of those that decide to get vaccinated that day,” Worthy added. It is a requirement that the vaccination must administered that day at the clinic to be eligible for incentives including food.
“Providing incentives has proven to be effective in reaching communities and individuals that are interested in more information from medical professionals and the Alabama Department of Public Health so that they can make informed decisions for themselves,” Worthy noted.
Participating churches include Antioch-Goodsell United Methodist, Attalla AOH 1 & 2, Friendship Baptist Church, Morning Start Baptist Church and Mt. Zion Full Gospel Church. Pastors of participating churches will be sharing information about the clinic with their congregation up to the day of the event and encouraging them to get the education they need to make informed decisions about their health and the vaccine.
“We are excited about partnering with 21 Kids, Quality of Life and the City of Attalla to make the COVID-19 vaccination available to the Attalla community,” Pastor Harold Kimble of Mt. Zion Full Gospel Church said.
“We want to eliminate barriers to the information and the vaccine,” said Worthy. “It isn’t our intent to force anyone or bribe anyone, but to provide clear and concise information that allows individuals, especially those that may have limited access to medical advice and medically vetted information, so that they can make factual data-driven decisions about their health.”
“I’m delighted that we can come together and offer the vaccine to the community,” said Paster Tyson Burwell of Friendship Baptist Church.
Previously the foundation has distributed information provided by ADPH and the CDC in addition to upcoming onsite clinics being provided by its partners Quality of Life Health Services, Inc. or Physician’s Apothecary. They have also hosted two vaccination clinics in partnership with Quality of Life and The Jazmin Lopez Agency specifically for the Hispanic community. Translators were on hand to ensure participants received optimum care and information.
The foundation also partnered with Kamela Aaron Homeless Community Ministry and hosted a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic and Feeding for sixty-eight individuals. Each individual received a safety bag and a home cooked meal. Individuals that were vaccinated received a $15 Jack’s gift card.
Individuals needing help accessing information or transportation to get a vaccine can visit https://www.drekirk21kids.com/lets-huddle-campaign/ or call 211 First Call For Help by dialing 211 from any land line or cell phone.
This article originally appeared on The Gadsden Times: Attalla churches, Kirkpatrick foundation offer vaccine clinic Sunday