APPLETON (NBC 26) — On Sunday a family-friendly COVID-19 vaccination clinic is taking place at Wilson Middle School in Appleton, from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will offer free Pfizer vaccines for individuals ages 12 and older.
The second dose will be scheduled for August 1 at the same location and time from 1 to 5 p.m. Children ages 12+ will need a parent or guardian with them.
Walk-ins are welcome. It's also free and no identification or health insurance is needed.
Pa Lee Moua, Ph.D., the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer with the Appleton Area School District, said, “AASD is fortunate to partner with community organizations that focus on leveraging access and inclusion for all. This vaccination opportunity is open to students and families. We welcome all, ages 12 and older, who wish to be vaccinated on Sunday, July 11 at Wilson Middle School. I am grateful and appreciative of the continued efforts, support, and partnership for our district and community."
For one Appleton mom she shares why she brought her son to get vaccinated.
“We were on the pontoon boat this morning and we went a little bit earlier so we could get here and then we got information about this clinic from Appleton School District and it was just a way to fit things in this year," said Melissa Poulsen.
For 12-year-old Anova Xiong, her mom brought her to get the shot.
“It wasn’t that bad but I was just a little bit nervous because I thought it was going to hurt," Xiong said.
The mother and daughter duo say it was a decision they had been contemplating about for a while.
“I was previously vaccinated already and I’ve talked with my daughter about it when they first rolled out that 12-year-old's could get vaccinated and she said she would be interested in it to help do her part and make sure that she doesn’t get sick,” said Pazong Thao, Xiong's mother.
As an incentive to get more people vaccinated, food vouchers for local restaurants were also be provided.
Hmong and Spanish interpreters were on-site for those who needed it.
The event was hosted by multiple community partners including the Appleton Area School District, Ascension, African Heritage, Inc., Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley, Calumet County, CAP Services, Casa Hispana, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Fox Valley Literacy, LexMax African Caribbean Market & More, Kundinger, Northeast Wisconsin Hmong Professionals, Partnership Community Health Center, People of Progression, Red Shoes Inc and the Multicultural Communications Committee.
“The idea of forming the multicultural communications committee was that groups come together that are undeserved that have barriers that need to be covered and assisted with,” said Eneresto Gonzalez with Casa Hispana.