AU Health and community partners prepare for public vaccine deployment

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW / WAGT) – This is the start of a master plan to get us all back to normal as AU Health prepares to open to public vaccinations on Thursday.

“We expect all of these slots to fill up within 30 minutes of the announcement,” said AU Director of Pharmacy Dr Joshua Wyche.

And they did. Dr Wyche helps coordinate AU Health’s vaccination efforts. Monday afternoon, 10 local pastors and other community leaders receive their first dose of vaccine.

“This partnership shows the unity of the AU and our community,” said Reverend Clarence Moore, pastor of Good Shepherd Baptist Church.

Moore’s Church opens its doors to AU Health to help continue the vaccination effort.

The Reverend Karlton Howard also joined us as soon as he heard about the upcoming plan last week.

“This is one of the ways we can bring a level of trust to the community by bringing pastors and leaders together to show that we can trust the science of vaccinations,” he said.

AU Health wanted to start with minority communities to connect with a group disproportionately affected by COVID-19

“The closer you get to the community, then that’s where the people are and the higher the membership,” Wyche said.

The AU will be holding clinics starting Thursday at Good Shepherd and Warren Baptist Church, with around 1,000 people signed up for vaccinations.

“I think it’s still going to be slow a bit, but it’s going to be significantly better than it has been for the general public,” Wyche said.

The AU is partnering with several faith-based organizations and community partners from the Georgia Department of Public Health to implement this project. They will open more appointments on their registration site as more vaccine doses become available.

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