FCN Vaccine Appointment Assistance – Websites and waitlists are fastest ways to schedule the most people for a Covid-19 vaccine. Unfortunately, our most vulnerable and most isolated community members struggle to access and use the internet. Faith Community Nurses have the opportunity to connect congregants and other vulnerable people with local resources for Covid-19 vaccine appointments. Every county in every state has a different system, and having a local advocate assist with this process can be a blessing. The FCN Vaccine Appointment Assist Form was created as a tool for FCNs to use and adapt hyper-locally to meet the needs of their specific community. The first page is a place for FCNs to keep track of local numbers and eligibility information as well as transportation resources. For community members needing more than just information, the second page is a guide for a conversation with a community member needing assistance with finding an appointment.
Angela Combs, MSN, MPH, RN – Faith Community Nurse Liaison, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, MI in collaboration with Margo Murphy, BSN, RN- FCN at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth, MI
A message from HHS Partnership Center – We are hearing from many of our faith and community partners that they are willing and even eager to host future vaccine programs. Please keep in mind that vaccine distribution is facilitated locally and that community leaders need to connect with their local health dept., vaccine provider, or Community Health Center to discover the most helpful role their organization can play in COVID prevention and vaccine efforts.
Read about the synagogue in North Carolina that proactively reached out to their local provider and county health authorities to explore the possibility of using their building and congregational resources to operate a neighborhood-based vaccination site.