HANDS of SLC - Vaccine Rollout
HANDS of St. Lucie County, Vaccine Clinic
On March 26, 2021 HANDS of St. Lucie County, a Volunteers in Medicine clinic, participated in the effort to provide COVID vaccinations.
The vaccination event was scheduled from 9a to 4p, with the help of St. Lucie County Officials, the department of health, local fire and police put the volunteers of the clinic, we were able to vaccinate over 500 people.
“People were grateful that we were able to quickly get them vaccinated and both the employees and volunteers felt a real sense of satisfaction in providing this service,” said Lisa Hatch, executive director of the HANDS of St. Lucie County.
The HANDS Clinic provides primary health care and dental services to uninsured residents of St. Lucie County between the ages of 19 - 64. Most of the clinic’s patients are working people who do not have employer-based health insurance but who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid. They are bartenders, caddies, groundskeepers, and hairdressers, said Hatch.
In regard to the daily operations and what the clinic has experienced throughout the pandemic, Hatch said "Workers who provide in-person services have borne the brunt of layoffs and wage reductions," added Hatch. “At the HANDS Clinic, we see more people every day who, for the first time in their lives, are laid off, through no fault of their own, navigating a system of charities they are unfamiliar with, and not seeing an end in sight. The vaccine is a glimpse that the end is in sight.”
For local residents in need, there are many resources in our area that will help, Hatch said. The referral service at 211 can provide information about what help is available; to reach the service, simply dial 2-1-1.
For the uninsured in need of services and medications, the HANDS Clinic is open and accepting new patients. Call 772-462-5646 for information on qualifying for services.
“If you are blessed enough to be working and have seen little change in your situation, I encourage you to donate to one of the local not-for-profits to help your neighbors,” said Hatch. “As the executive director of the HANDS Clinic, I can tell you that even a small donation goes a long way to helping us meet the medical needs of the uninsured in St. Lucie County.”
Article by Lisa Hatch