Duluth's Hillside residents have until noon on Wednesday to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Healthy Hillside, a Zeitgeist initiative created to help Hillside residents navigate the pandemic, is partnering to hold its second vaccine clinic for those who live in the neighborhood. The clinic will take place from 1:15-5 p.m. Thursday, April 8, according to Zeitgeist.
To register for an appointment call 218-481-4948 or email HealthyHillside@zeitgeistarts.com by noon Wednesday, April 7. Those who register will receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Because that vaccine was only approved for people age 18 and older, those age 16 and 17 are not eligible for this clinic. Only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for people as young as 16.
A group of seven members of the Hillside community make up the steering team for Healthy Hillside. They come from a range of backgrounds to represent the neighborhood's diversity.
Nearly a quarter of Central Hillside residents identify as people of color, while 35% of the residents live below the poverty line. According to Bridging Health Duluth, the average life expectancy of Hillside residents is 5-16 years shorter than the average life expectancy for all of Duluth, which is 83 years.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the health disparities and resource needs of this community, which is why Zeitgeist’s work is targeting this specific geographic area," read the news release from Zeitgeist.
At the last Hillside clinic on March 11, people received the Moderna vaccine. They'll receive their second dose at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Thursday.
Zeitgeist's vaccine partners include a wide range of groups, including Essentia Health, St. Louis County, the Minnesota Department of Health, Health Equity Northland, AICHO, AgeWell Arrowhead, Healthy Alliances Matter for All, Life House, the city of Duluth, Dementia Friendly Duluth, Duluth Aging Support, First Ladies of the Hillside, Healthy Alliances Matter, Healthy Northland and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
This story was updated at 7:30 p.m. April 6 with information on the available vaccines. It was originally posted at 6:47 p.m. April 6.