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Veggies & Vaccine sites come to Gary and East Chicago

Contributed By:The 411 News

Nonprofit organizations focus on communities where need is greatest

HealthLinc, Lake County Eats Local, Legacy Foundation, and Rise NWI will co-host a series of Veggies & Vaccine sites throughout East Chicago and Gary, Indiana, to help residents get vaccinated and access locally grown produce.

The pop-up farmers markets and vaccination clinics are meant to address overall wellness needs of people in neighborhoods around the sites.

HealthLinc will distribute the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. No appointment is needed.

More than 9 in ten COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have occurred among people who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated. The communities near the pop-up vaccination clinics have a vaccination rate under 40%. Lake County's vaccination rate is nearly 50%.

Individuals can conveniently get vaccinated in their community while getting fresh produce and locally made treats.

HealthLinc is a federally qualified community health center.

Legacy Foundation is the community foundation serving Lake County, IN.

Lake County Eats Local is a program of the South Shore Neighborhood Development Corporation aimed at addressing food insecurity in East Chicago and Gary.

Rise NWI is a community engagement initiative of Legacy Foundation, currently focusing on vaccine awareness and outreach.

Veggie and Vaccine sites are:
Sons of AmVets, 2060 Clark Road, Gary, IN from 2-6 pm on August 27, September 3, September 24, and October 1.

HealthLinc, 1313 W. Chicago Ave., East Chicago, IL from 11am – 2pm on August 24, September 14, and September 28

East Chicago Public Safety Facility, 2301 E Columbus Drive, East Chicago, IN from 11am-2pm on September 25

Story Posted:08/21/2021

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