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Community-Powered Vaccine Event Hosted by YWCAs, Children’s Minnesota and More

By YWCA Minneapolis
May 18, 2021
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May 18, 2021

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Dina Elrashidy

Cori Mattli


Bringing immunity to the community

Community-powered vaccine event hosted by YWCAs, Children’s Minnesota and more

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – YWCA Minneapolis, YWCA St. Paul, Children’s Minnesota and 10 other community partners are joining together to host a special walk-in vaccine clinic, offering the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine for those 18 years and older on May 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at YWCA Midtown (2121 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407).

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Located in the heart of South Minneapolis, this community-powered, multicultural event is intended to make the experience of getting the COVID-19 vaccine easy, friendly and accessible. The event is supported by a host of collaborating partners, including African American Leadership Forum, Coalition of Asian American Leaders, LatinoLEAD, Linking Leaders, Minnesota Community Care, Minnesota Department of Health, NorthPoint Health and Wellness, Pimento Relief Services and Tiwahe Foundation; and in cooperation with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

“This is truly about our incredible community coming together to ensure the vaccine is not only easily available, but is offered in a way where people feel comfortable and welcomed. Our YWCA Midtown location has always been a vibrant community hub and we are happy to open the doors to serve our neighbors in this way,” said Jacqueline Lloyd Cunningham, vice president of marketing and communications with YWCA Minneapolis.

“At this stage in the vaccination process, it’s important that we think creatively about how we partner with communities to get more people protected,” said Adriene Thornton, infection preventionist at Children’s Minnesota. “By joining together with our incredible community partners, we can make it through this last stretch of the pandemic and get back to a semblance of normalcy that we’ve all been waiting for.”

About Children’s Minnesota

Children’s Minnesota is the seventh largest pediatric health system in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s Minnesota serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Children’s Minnesota is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital.

Find them on Facebook @childrensminnesota or on Twitter and Instagram @childrensmn. Please visit

About YWCA Minneapolis

YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women and girls. For 130 years, YWCA has worked to create opportunities to overcome social injustice, particularly in matters of gender and race. Last year, YWCA Minneapolis served more than 30,000 people in our community through high-quality programs and advocacy focused on racial justice, early learning, youth development and wellness. Learn more at

About YWCA St. Paul

YWCA St. Paul is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We break down barriers and build up communities through education and advocacy on issues of racial justice and gender equity, and through programs that help individuals & families overcome barriers in areas of significant racial & gender disparity – housing, employment, youth empowerment and health & wellness. Learn more at