Step inside a church or community center lately, and this just might be the scene you stumble upon. While eligibility for vaccinations and supply have increased, one hard truth remains constant: Many underserved communities are still struggling for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. To address this issue, Walgreens has been working with local leaders, from pastors to organizations such as the Chicago Urban League, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., to establish vaccine clinics where they’re most needed.
Most recently, Walgreens hosted clinics in Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, Milwaukee and El Paso, Texas, resulting in tens of thousands of vaccinations and a successful step forward in addressing vaccine hesitancy. While it’s easy to count the doses administered, it’s difficult to capture the emotions involved. Read the takeaways from some of our pharmacy teams, vaccinated patients and community leaders to understand just how momentous these clinics can be for the communities involved.