Since May 2021, UF Health Jacksonville has held more than a dozen vaccine education events in various locations throughout Jacksonville. One of their most recent successful events was held Sept. 15 at The Oaks at Durkeeville apartment complex.
Community health workers from UF Health Jacksonville set up a table filled with vaccine education handouts. People interested in learning more about COVID-19 vaccinations had one-on-one conversations with community health workers under the direction of Ross Jones, MD, medical director of UF Health Jacksonville’s community health program.
Vaccine education participants received tote bags filled with hand sanitizers, masks, pens and T-shirts, as well as a voucher to receive free healthy food provided by Feeding Northeast Florida.
Agape Family Health was on-site to administer vaccines, and people who received the vaccine for the first time were given a pair of Jacksonville Jaguars football tickets.
Sixty-three people were reached at this event, with 11 getting their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Jackie Hooper, a UF Health Jacksonville patient, made the choice to get vaccinated after his sister and her husband kept encouraging him. He also watched hospitalized patients on TV, talking about their experiences with the COVID-19 infection.
“To me, the risk of contracting the COVID-19 infection seems much higher than the side-effects of the vaccine, so I just encourage people to go ahead and get the vaccine,” Hooper said.