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On Saturday, November 20, 2021 (Noon-4 p.m.) several groups will come together to host a Fall Health Fair at the Lovell Johnson Quality of Life Center, 1530 W. Atkinson Ave., in the 53206 neighborhood. Organizers are providing residents (ages 5 years & up) the opportunity to receive a free COVID vaccine. Organizers will also offer the booster dose on-site, the flu shot, along with other health information, including help to secure low-cost or free health insurance for 2022.
According to data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the 53206 ZIP code area has the lowest vaccination rate in the city, with 39 percent of residents having received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. In general, vaccination rates on the North Side of Milwaukee lag behind other areas in the city and are lower than the city average of 50 percent. According to the DHS, communities of color have experienced higher rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths since the pandemic began, and Latinx and Black residents have lower vaccination rates, compared to whites.
Individuals who receive their first vaccine dose during the event will get a $50 gift card or receive a $25 gift card for their second dose or booster shot, while supplies last. Food and family friendly activities will also be provided during the event. The Health Fair is being presented by Jump at the Sun Consultants, Alverno College nursing students, UW-Madison medical students, Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Poverty Network, and the City of Milwaukee Health Department.
The event is being supported by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Wisconsin DHS Minority Health Program, Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and the Milwaukee County Executive’s Office.