As the COVID-19 situation improves by and large in our city and our nation thanks largely to an effective vaccine rollout, certain populations in our city have struggled to gain access to the vaccine, predominantly in low-income neighborhoods. There are several factors related to this including lack of information, lack of reliable transportation, inability to take off work, and so on. This leaves these populations vulnerable to COVID-19 even though a simple and effective solution exists.
In order to try to make a dent in this issue, we are partnering with Youth Encouragement Services (YES) and the Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) to provide a vaccine clinic in the heart of one such neighborhood in South Nashville. On Thursday, June 17, we will be setting up a vaccine clinic at YES’ Carpenter’s Square location on Nolensville Road. This vaccine clinic will be available to the families that YES serves — as well as open to the general public. In addition, one of our own Ethos family who works for MPHD will be taking some time to talk to the kids at YES to educate them and their families about vaccine safety and efficacy.
We are looking for a few volunteers to help us make this a reality. If you’d like to serve, click here.
We’ll need people to help direct traffic in and out of the site, people to help sanitize equipment, and some people to serve as runners to restock supplies. We are also looking for 2-3 medical professionals (doctors, nurses, EMTs, etc.) each shift who can help monitor people in the waiting area after they receive the vaccine should anyone have a negative reaction to it. If you sign up and are a medical professional, please email Brooks Lokey ( ) to indicate who who you are and which shift you are attending.
No volunteers, medical or non-medical, will be responsible for providing medical care, only monitoring recipients of the vaccine for reactions. All medical care will be administered by the MPHD team.
Volunteers will be needed on June 17 in two shifts:
- Shift 1 / 1:30pm-4:30pm
- Shift 2 / 4:00pm-7:30pm
Shift 1 volunteers will also assist with some setup when you arrive, and Shift 2 volunteers will assist with tear down before leaving. You are welcome to sign up for both shifts if you would like.
An additional clinic will be scheduled for July 8 for those who choose the Pfizer vaccine as they will need a second dose three weeks after their first. Times for that date are TBD and will be communicated at a later date.
If you have any questions and/or are signing up as a medical professional, email Brooks at .