LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – The city of Lexington is stepping up efforts to encourage Lexingtonians to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with a new city-run door-to-door operation.
Community outreach organizers with Lex Do This! The campaign went door-to-door this weekend with information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
About 600 households were affected this weekend, according to the city.
“We kind of simplify the message by bringing it directly to people,” said community outreach organizer Laurent Vesely. “We just want to make things as easy as possible for people who might be busy, who might need the most recent information, who might be skeptical. We want Lexington to be a model city so that we can get community immunity. “
About 60% of Lexington’s adult population has been vaccinated, but Mayor Linda Gorton has said she wants that number to rise to at least 70%.
“This is an effort to get those last 10% or so of people vaccinated so that we can feel very comfortable being healthy,” Gorton said. “Sometimes people just need the information.”
As vaccination rates statewide begin to decline, the city of Lexington is using the old-fashioned method of prospecting to reinvent its approach.
The vaccination campaign focuses on underserved communities in its first few weeks.
“Throughout the pandemic, we continued to focus on underserved neighborhoods to make sure those neighbors had access to COVID-19 testing first, and now COVID-19 vaccine,” Gorton said.
The flyers distributed included information in Spanish and English about the COVID-19 vaccine and where to get the vaccine.
A mobile vaccination clinic at Centro de San Juan Diego will be held on June 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The City of Lexington is also looking for volunteers to help knock on doors during the month of July.
For more information on how you can help, you can call 859-258-3100 or email [email protected]