Recently, approximately 700 families attended an event on the northeast side of Flint. Fifteen individuals were also vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine at the recent vaccination outreach event, held at Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ. All these individuals were receiving their first vaccine shot, according to (Mother) Sandra S. Jones, executive director of the RL Jones Community Outreach Center of Greater Holy Temple.
Kroger had funded the distribution of the vaccine at the church since April. With support from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, in partnership with the United Way, the vaccine will now be available at the church through September, through a Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund mini grant.
Free water, food, clothing, educational resources and health screenings and information were also provided to attendees.
Vendors included Mott Community College, FLEX High Michigan, Genesee Health Plan, Genesee Health System, WOW Outreach, MTA, AmeriCorps and Flint Registry.
Free take home colorectal cancer screenings were offered through a partnership between Michigan State University, Ascension Genesys Hospital and McLaren Flint Hospital.
Compact refrigerators, fans and air conditioners were given away as part of the event.
Free masks were also given away. Hand sanitizer was made available throughout the event.
The next vaccine outreach event will take place September 16 at Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ. Jones said while she is happy individuals got vaccinated at the last event, she is hoping more get vaccinated at the next one.
Greater Holy Temple Church of God is located at 6702 N. Dort Highway, in Flint.