Hayat Pharmacies is teaming with community centers to bring vaccinations to Milwaukee neighborhoods where residents need them the most.
On Friday, Feb. 26, there will be a walk-in clinic at the Ma’Ruf Center for Youth Innovation, 2110 W Hampton Ave., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Denzel Johnson, program manager at the Ma’Ruf Center, said there will be 1,000 doses of vaccines available for distribution.
On Saturday, Feb. 27, there will be a walk-in clinic at Hayat Pharmacy, 813 W Layton Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The vaccines will be available to those who are eligible in group 1B, including people aged 65 and over, health care workers and police, fire and correctional staff.
There is no appointment necessary for the walk-in clinics. But proof of eligibility will be required, such as an insurance card or a form of identification like a driver’s license.
Johnson said there will be social distancing and a 15-minute waiting period following the vaccine.
Johnson said the Ma’Ruf Center will also have the second doses of the vaccine available on March 25.
The pharmacies previously held walk-in clinics at the Milwaukee Christian Center, 807 S 14th St., and the Hayat Pharmacy on Layton.
Karen Higgins, executive director of the Milwaukee Christian Center, said it is especially important to bring the vaccines into the community.
“People have to feel comfortable and safe in the places where the vaccines are being offered,” Higgins said.
She also stressed the importance of reaching people in community centers and trying to spread information by word of mouth, as many of the currently eligible population do not have computers and cannot access information online.
“We need to ask ourselves, ‘What is the (main) way to let people know?’” she said.