Mayo Clinic COVID-19 vaccine clinics support African American faith community in Arizona

May 4, 2021

Mayo Clinic is committed to making COVID-19 vaccines available in the communities in which it serves.

Earlier this month, Mayo Clinic in Arizona teamed up with African American churches, Maricopa County Department of Public HealthFibco Family ServicesBlack Nurses Association, and other community partners to hold a three-day vaccine event at First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix.

Nearly 900 people were vaccinated as part of the event, which was inspired by members of the Mayo Clinic Community Advisory Board. Mayo staff, such as Alyssa Chapital, M.D., Critical Care, who is shown in the photo, volunteered at the event.

“The majority of those receiving vaccine expressed an inability to access a vaccine clinic due to lack of transportation, difficulties with scheduling an appointment, conflicts with work or family obligations, or lack of a vehicle to use in one of Arizona’s predominantly drive-through vaccination sites,” says Marion Kelly, Community Engagement.