Fort Worth Church offering free COVID-19 vaccines and treatments
FORT WORTH, Texas – A church in Fort Worth opens its doors and offers free COVID services to all those in need.
The Church’s pastor said they are trying to meet vaccine and therapeutic treatment needs in low-income communities by bringing ministries to an appropriate location.
With cases rising, the New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church is offering free COVID tests, vaccines, and monoclonal antibody treatments in hopes of helping as many people as possible.
“We will hopefully help save the lives of some people,” said Kyev Tatum, pastor of the New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church.
It started as a mission to educate the Morningside community about the virus and vaccines, but New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church leaders quickly realized the need to have access to COVID-related services.
“They trust us to give them the right stuff, so come through these doors before you go to JPS or any of these clinics knowing that Pastor Tatum is here 365 days a year,” added Tatum.
In honor of one of its founding members who died of COVID-19 earlier this month, the Church has partnered with USA Mobile Testing to provide free COVID tests, vaccines and boosters, and a limited amount of monoclonal antibodies, to anyone who shows up make treatments.
“We are pleased to be able to offer our community a glimmer of hope,” said Tatum. “A lot of them don’t know about the treatment. Now they hear that New Mount Rose has this monoclonal antibody treatment, so the question is, ‘What is it?’ So we can tell them and enlighten them. “
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But as in many other infusion centers, the range of antibody treatments available is extremely limited.
You have less than 25 doses left and more than 100 people on a waiting list are trying to get help.
“We know that we can’t get more until Tuesday when the delivery arrives. We pray. But there shouldn’t be a gap in the first place,” said Tatum.
Kasandra Ewing is from that community. She said it was difficult to reach some people, especially the elderly, to let them know about available test sites and services.
“They’re not online, they rely on the community for support so they don’t know where to go unless someone tells them or they see it on the news,” she explained.
Services have only just started this week, but the Church is already seeing more and more people coming for tests and treatments. They tested about 50 people on Thursday.
“We need an entire village, we need everyone who does their part to slow the rise of the virus,” said Ewing.
The Church also hopes to offer monoclonal antibody treatment at home once they receive more doses.