Community building during the pandemic: vaccine access codes + free PPE distribution

Neighbor Up has more PPE available for grassroots group to stay safe; concrete ways for community members to access vaccines; and opportunities for collaboration and mutual support.

Priority Access Codes now available to get one-dose Johnson & Johnson shots

We have a limited number of special priority access codes that can be used to sign up individuals for an appointment for the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Wolstein Center.

We are looking for individuals and groups that can personally reach out to people in your neighborhood or networks who would like a vaccine, and give them a code or use a code to make an appointment for them.

If you are able to help, please take a moment to fill out this quick request form: bit.ly/vaxcodes

Order free bulk PPE for your community

Until we reach herd immunity, proper mask wearing is still vitally important – especially in the face of new more-contagious and more-deadly Covid variants. We are once again offering free bulk masks, sanitizer, and face shields to groups to distribute in their communities. Fill out the request form here: bit.ly/clevelandPPE

Volunteers needed for outreach and navigating vaccine appointments regionally

We are partnering with the Cleveland Volunteer Vaccine Network to help people get registered for appointments (not just at Wolstein, but also across the region at pharmacies, city, county, state, and health clinics).

We need volunteers to do door-knocking, outreach at events, remotely signing people up for appointments, and staffing a hotline. To volunteer, or to see how your group can contribute to and use the Cleveland Volunteer Vaccine Network, fill out this form.

Struggling to get a vaccine appointment?

And if you’re struggling to access a vaccine appointment, The Cleveland Vaccine Volunteer Network has trained volunteers that will work with you EVERY step of the way to get an appointment that works for you – including working through tech and transportation barriers.

If you or someone you know would like to request help, please fill out this request form: bit.ly/vaxhelpCVVN. CVVN will also have a hotline number starting next week.

Hygiene, mobility aids, and medical supplies available for groups

The Local & Domestic Giving Program at MedWish International, one of our partners to provide PPE supplies, gets families and individuals the medical equipment and supplies they need to improve their quality of life. Local health care providers and community groups can request supplies including hygiene products, mobility aids, respiratory equipment and more. Please click here to learn more and to complete the application form.

Continuing in the month of April, MedWish has secured grant funding that will cover the normal fees associated with receiving supplies and/or equipment through this program. Questions? Please contact domesticaid@medwish.org.

Community building during the pandemic

So much of our work in the community requires us to be in contact with others, and community spread is still higher now than last summer.

In addition to wearing masks, one way to reduce this risk is to self-isolate after activities that put you at risk of exposure to Covid, and to get a free Covid test by calling 211 to make an appointment at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, The Centers, Metrohealth (440-592-6843), Rite Aid, CVS, or Walgreens. Because there is currently less demand for testing, many facilities are returning results in 1-2 days.

Another way to understand your risk level to yourself and others is to learn if you already have antibodies that help your body fight Covid. The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Results may indicate past exposure to this coronavirus – regardless of whether you experienced symptoms – or identify the presence of antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more and schedule your donation and free test (normally over $100 at private labs) here.

If you’d like help brainstorming about how to reduce risk for your group when hosting events or doing community building work, please contact Christina at christinak@neighborhoodgrants.org or 216-867-8684.

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