McKinney Fire Department partners with churches to vaccinate vulnerable communities

Firefighter administering a shot to a patient
Paramedic Chris Dudley of the McKinney Fire Department (left) administers a COVID-19 vaccine at an outreach clinic at The McKinney First Baptist Church. (Courtesy City of McKinney)

Paramedic Chris Dudley of the McKinney Fire Department (left) administers a COVID-19 vaccine at an outreach clinic at The McKinney First Baptist Church. (Courtesy City of McKinney)

Image description
The Rev. Louis Rosenthal (middle) and Kathryn Guinn (right) register a community member for a vaccine clinic hosted at The McKinney First Baptist Church. (Courtesy of the city of McKinney)
Image description
Paramedic Chris Dudley of the McKinney Fire Department (left) administers a COVID-19 vaccine at an outreach clinic at The McKinney First Baptist Church. (Courtesy City of McKinney)
The McKinney Fire Department hosted its last clinic on June 16 after about two months of community outreach to increase vaccine distribution.

Although the city phased out vaccinations at the McKinney ISD Stadium in April, the fire department kept up inoculations by pivoting to high-risk, underserved individuals. Since operations at the stadium ended, firefighters have vaccinated 1,300 people, according to a news release from the city of McKinney.

The department partnered with local churches that have large Black and Latino congregations. Paramedics also worked with the McKinney Police Department to vaccinate members of the homeless population, per the news release.

Five East McKinney churches facilitated signups by posting registration links on their individual websites and encouraging members to get vaccinated at the McKinney ISD Stadium in the spring.

“We are standing as community leaders to say, ‘We believe it’s safe to be vaccinated, and we are vaccinated,’” said the Rev. Louis Rosenthal, pastor of The McKinney First Baptist Church. “We’re not telling you to do something that we haven’t done.”


The fire department also hosted a clinic at The McKinney First Baptist Church, located on West Erwin Avenue, as part of its vaccine outreach events, per the news release.

About 35 people attended the clinic, but Rosenthal said the low turnout was likely due to the fact that more than 250 members received vaccines at the stadium through the church’s promotion.

Rosenthal said that his main concern was making sure that “the most vulnerable in our community” had access to the vaccine.

A spokesperson for the city said that the fire department is finished with their vaccine efforts for now.

As of June 16, just over 1 million people in Collin County were fully vaccinated, according to state data.
By Brooklynn Cooper
Brooklynn Cooper covers public education in Frisco and McKinney. Previously, she reported on southern Dallas for The Dallas Morning News. The Durham, N.C. native and devoted Tar Heel fan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019.


MOST RECENT

The CDC reversed its masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in response to the transmissibility of the delta variant of COVID-19 in a press conference July 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
NEW CDC GUIDANCE: All individuals should wear masks in K-12 schools, including those who are fully vaccinated

The new CDC guidance, announced July 27, also recommends people in areas with "high" or "substantial" levels of transmission wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

Mad for Chicken opened July 23 at 216 W. Virginia St., Ste. 102, in downtown McKinney. (Courtesy Mad for Chicken)
Mad for chicken now serving McKinney; La Casita Tacos y Pupusas coming to Richardson and more DFW-area news

Mad for Chicken, a Korean-inspired restaurant, serves soy-garlic fried chicken alongside pork belly strips, salads, kimchi fries, quesadillas and more.

The Goddard School is building a new location in Trinity Falls in McKinney. (Courtesy The Goddard School)
The Goddard School coming soon to Trinity Falls area in McKinney

When construction on the early childhood education center is complete, it will have 10 classrooms, an indoor gym with a rock wall and two outdoor playgrounds.

plates of food
First Mad for Chicken in Texas now open in downtown McKinney

Soy-garlic fried chicken alongside pork belly strips, salads, kimchi fries, quesadillas and more are available.

playground
McKinney completes over $3.17M in renovations at Cottonwood Park

A community party July 24 will highlight the more than $3.17 million invested in preserving and redeveloping McKinney's Cottonwood Park.

The city of McKinney established school zones for Emerson High School in a July 20 City Council meeting. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
School zone established for Emerson High in Frisco ISD; 61% of residents in 3 Plano ZIP codes fully vaccinated, and more top news from DFW

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

McKinney supply for homes not meeting demand

Factors behind this market dynamic include a prepandemic interest in the Dallas-Fort Worth region that was exacerbated by the global health crisis.

band
Live music, beverage crawls and more things to do in McKinney this summer

Check out events to attend in McKinney from now through August.

Emerson school zone map
McKinney establishes school zones for new Emerson High

Frisco ISD's 11th high school will open this fall in west McKinney.

Opioid abuse and the need for services addressing developmental disabilities are both on the rise in Collin County, LifePath Systems CEO Tammy Mahan told county commissioners on July 19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Collin County’s LifePath Systems sees rise in spending for opioid abuse, psychiatric beds

On treatment for opioid abuse, spending rose to $912,662 in 2020, which is up from $808,524 in 2019.

Suburban Yacht Club plans to open in Plano in August. (Courtesy Shannon McCarthy)
Suburban Yacht Club coming to Plano; Gidi Bar & Grill opens in Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.