Johnson County combines food box distribution with COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Published: Apr. 30, 2021 at 5:01 AM CDT
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JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG) - Johnson County hosted a food box giveaway and vaccine clinic at the Johnson County Fairgrounds on Thursday.

Drivers started by picking up a food box in the front of the parking lot, and then getting the option of taking a quick turn around the corner for a COVID-19 vaccine.

For William Sam, it was too convenient to pass up.

“I got a text message from my kids school saying they were offering the vaccine today,” Sam said. “Actually, I jumped on it.”

People got a choice, between the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the two-shot Moderna vaccine. Volunteers gave out more than 800 boxes of food, full of milk, cheese, chicken and more. Dozens that went through the line also pulled up to get their vaccine taken care of.

Johnson County Supervisor Royceann Porter helped to organize the event. She says it’s important to continue making COVID-19 vaccines accessible to people.

“It was a wonderful thing for people to be able to get the shot and the food distribution box as well,” Porter said. “We put it together because you have a lot of people come out. And if we know we’re gonna have a lot of people come out, let’s offer that shot.”

The event was put on by Johnson County Supervisors, Johnson County Public Health, Johnson County EMA, Johnson County Agricultural Association and TeamCAN. The vaccines were administered by senior level nursing students at the University of Iowa.

Another food distribution and vaccine clinic combination is set for May 27th, making it easy for those who got the Moderna vaccine to come back and get their second dose.

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