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Chicago funeral home hosts walk-in COVID vaccine clinic

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An Auburn-Gresham funeral home is hosting a walk-in COVID vaccine clinic Thursday, in an effort to reach those who need it most.

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DIANE PATHIEU: After holding countless funerals for COVID-19 victims, this funeral home is turning things around by becoming a vaccination site and helping those in this neighborhood that need it most.

CAROLIN TRIMBLE: Either I can't get through, I can't even navigate on the computer to try to get the shot.

DIANE PATHIEU: Carolin Trimble was one of the first people in line here at Golden Gate Funeral Home near 79th and [INAUDIBLE] this morning. After weeks of trying, she finally got her 98-year-old mother, Lorraine Shah, the Pfizer vaccine, and she is thrilled.

CAROLIN TRIMBLE: Oh, very relieved. Now, I can put her on a airplane. I can take her somewhere. Other people can come around her.

She has like 15 grandchildren. I'm trying to keep them all away, and great grandchildren. I just have her locked up in the bedroom and don't let nobody come around her because she hasn't been vaccinated.

DIANE PATHIEU: Funeral home general manager, Sylvester Dunn, teamed up with InstaVax to offer a vaccination clinic here three weeks ago. And this time around is allowing people to walk-in for a shot, providing more accessibility for those that need it most.

SYLVESTER DUNN: People are not hesitant about it, at least not what I'm hearing. It's like, where can I get it? I can't go downtown and wait in a line. I can't go over here across town. I know I'm eligible, but I don't have transportation, I'm elderly. And we're concerned about our seniors. Our seniors make up a great part of our community, and we want to continue to sustain their lives.

DIANE PATHIEU: They are hoping to administer 200 shots today. Both first and second shots will be offered, which means this clinic will be back open to help more residents in a few weeks. The general manager tells me, as long as the need is great and he can get his hands on the supply, he plans to continue this clinic for as long as possible.