You don't have to try and get an appointment online or call. You just show up and register on-site.
- Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is preparing to host a vaccine site offering the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It's happening at the Living Word Fellowship Church off TC Jester and Victory Drive in Northwest Houston. It's on a first come, first serve basis. ABC13's Mycah Hatfield joins us live to explain. Mycah.
MYCAH HATFIELD: Hey, good morning, Erica. We're still four hours away from this vaccine site actually opening, and there's already a line of people forming outside of the church. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is calling this a community outreach site. She's hoping to reach areas of the city that don't have easy access to vaccines.
And they'll be able to get the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID shot, one and done. This event is happening in what's referred to as a "vaccine desert." Research shows there are 41 zip codes in Harris County that don't have a single vaccine provider. Our 13 Investigates team found that about 1 million people in the county are in a vaccine desert. And they also have less access to internet to seek out a vaccine, have less insurance coverage, and have a lower median income.
And that's why the pastor of the Living Word Fellowship Church, Dr. Paul Cannings, is so grateful to be hosting this site in Acres Homes today.
PAUL CANNINGS: A lot of the people that are in this community is why I'm so excited that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee would come. I have a difficult time getting on the internet, trying to surf it to be able to reach out and find vaccines. And then you have transportation issues. That's why a bus line runs right off of Antoine.
So this really helps. What Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is doing is giving our community not just vaccines but hope that they can get this done, and it's not segmented and out of their reach. So we're excited about that.
MYCAH HATFIELD: So let's break down the details about today. The clinic is being held at the Living Word Fellowship Church that's located at 7350 West TC Jester in the Acres Homes neighborhood. It's going to start at 10:00 and go until 4:00. You will have to register when you get here, but there is nothing to do in advance. This is a first come, first serve vaccine clinic, but we do know that they have 1,000 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.