Christ’s Kitchen to host National Guard vaccination clinic | Victoria
Christ’s Kitchen will host a vaccination clinic next month as part of a collaborative effort between the Texas National Guard and the John Wesley United Methodist Church, organizers said Friday.
Members of the National Guard are bringing the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines to be administered July 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at no cost to beneficiaries, said Lt. Anna Cantu, who helps facilitate the clinic on behalf of the National Guard. from Texas.
Cantu said the only limit is the interest of the community.
“We have a lot of vaccines that we can bring. It depends on how many people sign up,” Cantu said.
Registration before arriving is not required, but supplies will depend on how many people call ahead for a vaccine, Cantu said.
The organizers will bring additional vaccines for those who have not registered but still want to be vaccinated.
Children between the ages of 12 and 17 can receive the Pfizer vaccine, as long as their parent or legal guardian is present with them.
A second dose clinic will be organized for people who receive the Pfizer vaccine.
Cantu said future clinics may take place at a crossroads depending on interest.
“If we think there is still a need, we are more than happy to do it again,” she said.
Christ Kitchens executive director Trish Hastings said she had wanted to start a vaccination clinic for many months, but didn’t know how to do it until a friend at the United Methodist Church John Wesley calls her to ask if she would be ready to take one. For Hastings, his cooking was perfect.
As Victoria’s only soup kitchen, Hastings said it was a prime location for a vaccination clinic because it is a place that locals may be more comfortable with than locations commercial or county-managed.
“It will definitely help people get to know the volunteers here,” she said.
Hastings expects many of his regulars to get vaccinated. Some regulars, she said, said they found it difficult to travel to other clinics. For them, the possibility of walking to the soup kitchen clinic will be beneficial.
“The hope is to make it as easy as possible to vaccinate people,” Hastings said.
Everyone is welcome to sign up for a vaccine, Hasting said, including residents of other counties.
In Victoria County, 44.47% of residents over the age of 12 received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while 39.23% were fully vaccinated, according to state data published daily by the Texas Department of Health Services.
Across Texas, 56.17% of state residents received at least one dose while 47.19% were fully immunized, according to the same data.