I was excited to be a small part of the official opening of the South Shore COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the former K-Mart store in Cudahy.
The clinic begin vaccinations on Monday, and was on pace to already serve more than 500 people in its first two days. It expects to vaccinate another 500 on Wednesday — and it has capacity for 1,000 per day.
Of course, while we now have the capacity, we need more doses — an ongoing issue I and other local leaders continue to raise with state health leaders.
In the meantime, our local health departments continue to do their best in a difficult situation, trying to match shots with arms, knowing they have too few of the former and too many of the latter.
The clinic remains open by apointment only.
Appointment opportunities will also be announced on Facebook, similar to the graphic you see in this post. Those not on email can also call their local health department for more information.
This is another terrific example of a public health partnership in the South Shore. Cudahy, Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and St. Francis have already come together on testing and safety guidelines, and we are now stronger, together, on vaccines.
This is truly a team effort, and to everyone who helped make this happen — from the four health departments to our first responders, volunteers and others who are staffing the facility — thank you!
From the press release …
Community partners are also volunteering their time to be greeters, assist with traffic and assist clinic operations including the Lions Club, Alverno College School of Nursing and local retired nurses.
Local businesses have been tremendous in offering their support to bring this important resource to the community. Aim Transfer & Storage donated their time and resources to clear out the shelving and other items from the former Kmart property. S&P Equipment/Papa Luigi’s donated refrigerators and other equipment. The city also received assistance from Transformco for this effort. The City of Cudahy Engineering Department has created renderings of optimal clinic flow for the spaces. The Cudahy Department of Public Works also has been instrumental in transforming the space into an operational clinic.