Helping Ensure Access to the Underserved Through New COVID-19 Vaccination Hub at Texas Southern University

The Rev. Francene Young blessed a new COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Texas Southern University on Thursday, February 11.


The Episcopal Diocese of Texas connected St. Luke’s Episcopal Health with Texas Southern University to open a COVID-19 vaccination hub in the historically-underserved Third Ward community. Just steps away from St. Luke the Evangelist Episcopal Church, and blocks away from St. James’, Houston, the clinic officially opened this week and a press conference was held today. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, District D Councilwoman Carolyn Shabazz, TSU Board Chair Albert Myres, St. Luke’s Health System CEO Doug Lawson, University President Ken Huewitt and St. Luke’s Hospital President Elizabeth Youngblood were all in attendance, along with diocesan representatives.

The clinic facility was blessed by the Rev. Francene Young of St. Luke the Evangelist, who also served on the Board of Directors at St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System for two terms (in the mid 1990s and the early 2000s), prior to the sale of the system to CHI.

Today’s event was a great example of how God’s work can come to fruition at the intersection of opportunity and need.

Learn more about the clinic, including who qualifies to receive the vaccine and how to join the appointment waiting list, here. View a gallery of photos here.

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