Visit Healthcare has been providing weekly COVID-19 vaccinations for members of Anchorage’s unsheltered community by bringing the vaccine to them.
During their fourth mobile vaccine clinic, Visit Healthcare workers offered COVID-19 tests to attendees and prepared upwards of 20 vaccine doses. Food and blankets, personally provided by employees, were given to those who stopped by the clinic.
In the back seat of a small car, registered nurse Emma Jacobson worked quickly to prepare the Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots.
Administering this single-shot vaccine — as opposed to Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which require two injections given weeks apart — made it so patients wouldn’t have to find the clinic again or be tracked down, said Jen Wallace, outdoor operations manager for Visit Healthcare.
Gigi Whitis shared stories of her children as she waited for her dose in the parking lot on the corner of East Northern Lights Boulevard and A Street.
“I don’t wanna get sick no more. (I) gotta be here for my kids, got a grandbaby coming along,” she said. “... I wanna live.”