BALTIMORE—MedStar Health became the first healthcare provider in the region to administer COVID-19 vaccines in the community, when they vaccinated 65 at-risk, vulnerable adults inside their mobile primary care center at Cherry Hill Senior Manor Friday. The initiative was the first day of a mobile strategy in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, to vaccinate and educate underserved populations in the city’s public housing and nursing centers.
“It’s really special because this is an opportunity for us to take the COVID vaccine directly to residents who may have difficulties or challenges coming to vaccination centers across Maryland,” said MedStar Health Director of Community Health Ryan Moran, DrPH, MHSA. “The response has been incredible.”
“I came out here today because I know that I have issues, I am an older lady, and I know I need to get something so I can help other people so they won’t get it,” said Cherry Hill resident Margaret Carpenter. “If you want to keep your children and your grandchildren and your family safe, you should get it. I pray. I pray about it.”
“Some people are nervous, just because they have questions about what they’ve heard and potential side effects,” said nurse practitioner, Kelli McCallum, CRNP, who leads the mobile care team. “I’m glad we were able to come out to answer those questions, to give some comfort to the community and hopefully encourage more people to get vaccinated.”
Residents who received the shot Friday will get their second shot when MedStar Health returns in the mobile primary care center to Cherry Hill Senior Manor February 26.
As the mobile vaccine strategy continues, MedStar Health community health teams will be onsite at the following locations for pre-registered residents to be vaccinated:
- J Van Story Branch Apartment Complex
11 W. 20th St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
- Shepherd’s Clinic and Immigration Outreach Service Center
2800 Kirk Ave
Baltimore, MD 21218
McCallum added, “It seems many of them get the shot and there’s a sense of relief and maybe a little bit of excitement.”
To learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations being offered by MedStar Health, visit MedstarHealth.org/Vaccine.
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