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Open Arms Healthcare Center Offers Incentives for New COVID Vaccine Recipients

Open Arms Healthcare Center Offers Incentives for New COVID Vaccine Recipients

Open Arms Healthcare Provides COVID vaccines and FREE Health Screenings During Mississippi Health Disparities Conference

Participants receiving COVID vaccines will receive a $50 gift card for their first COVID vaccine and an additional $50 upon receipt of the second shot.

Jackson, MS — July 29, 2021 Though Mississippi has reported more than 300,000 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 8000 related deaths, many Mississippians have expressed conflicting views regarding the COVID vaccine. However, according to the Mississippi Department of Health, as the number of cases rose sharply the week of July 24, the number of vaccines administered rose as well. Some experts believe an increase in vaccine interest is due to a fear of the recently implicit Delta variant of the virus. Others believe it is something else: incentives.

To maintain and sustain the momentum of COVID vaccine interest, Open Arms Healthcare Center will be offering $50 to persons receiving their first COVID vaccine and an additional $50 for the required second shot. The incentive will be offered on site at 805 East River Place in Jackson starting Aug. 2, 2021. The first community vaccination event will be held in Biloxi on Aug. 4-5, 2021 during the  Mississippi Health Disparities Conference at Mississippi Coast Coliseum at 2350 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Conference participants will be able to participate in the vaccination opportunity in the coliseum while the community will have access to the same opportunity via the drive-up vaccination stations that will be managed in the coliseum parking lot. As an additional health benefit, Open Arms will also offer free health screenings for the community.

“When the community comes to receive their COVID vaccines and $50 gift, we have to remind them that many of us are living with or at risk for high cholesterol, diabetes, HIV, obesity, and other illnesses,” said Open Arms Mobile Clinic Manager Gerald Gibson. “COVID became a community concern in Mississippi in 2020. We had many other health disparities before that. We want the community to remember to take care of the whole self. We want to help each patient achieve total wellness.”

The Mississippi Health Disparities Conference will convene health professionals, researchers, students, and community leaders for strategic discussions and partnership development aimed at addressing health disparities in Mississippi. Dr. June Gipson, CEO and President of Open Arms, believes this unprecedented conference is the ideal place to increase access and interest in the COVID vaccine and health screenings. Not only because reported cases of COVID cases and deaths are higher in Central and Coastal Mississippi, but because the atmosphere of comprehensive healthcare and collective solution development the conference will create.

“Hundreds of people from across the state will be coming together to develop new practices, new solutions to our health disparity issues inside,” Dr. Gipson shared, “and outside, Open Arms will be putting our best practices to work for the communities that deserve access to those best practices.”

Dr. Gipson added that the Open Arms Mobile team will be traveling the state to reach additional communities that do not have immediate access to the COVID vaccine or the education that is sometimes needed in order to establish the trust that is required to engage vulnerable, timid communities.

“We listen to the people, we create clinical solutions with the people in mind, and we go to the people where they are to make those solutions accessible,” Dr. Gipson explained. “We will continue to do it this way until we have created the healthier Mississippi that we all know is possible if we put in the work.”

Source: My Brother’s Keeper, Inc.

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