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UI Mobile Clinic administering COVID-19 vaccines to underserved communities

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) -- The University of Iowa Mobile Clinic usually sees more than 1,000 patients each year at about a dozen sites. That number has grown now that the clinic is offering COVID-19 vaccinations.

"We’re partnering with the Johnson County Department of Public Health to help distribute vaccines to the most underserved communities locally, who are statistically more likely to be affected by COVID-19," Mobile Clinic Co-Director and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the UI Carver College of Medicine, Denise Martinez said. "So far, we’ve been allocated and distributed a steady amount of the vaccines each week."

Clinic staff work with JCPH to coordinate vaccine allocations. Clinic Operations Executive Andrea Arthofer says the ability to reach people who don't have regular access to health care has been even more important during the pandemic.

"I believe access to health care is a human right and am therefore passionate about filling the holes in health care access left behind by the current health care system," Arthofer said.

According to the US. Census Bureau, more than 27 million Americans don't have access to health care. The Mobile Clinic provides care to underserved populations in Iowa City and surrounding locations thanks to volunteers, grants, and donations.

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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