In autumn 2020, the district superintendent of the Capital Area North District formed creative partnerships to provide flu vaccinations to communities that are high risk but have limited access to resources.
As the COVID-19 virus continued to linger, health officials began showing concern around this virus and the impact of the impending flu season. The Rev. Linda Middleburg, Capital Area North District superintendent and assistant to the bishop, decided this was a chance to serve.
With donations from OhioHealth, the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, churches and clergy, four flu-shot clinics were scheduled. Host locations were in communities that included individuals who lacked insurance or were under-insured. Clinic sites included Westside Free Store Ministries, Broad Street United Methodist Church, New Life Community Outreach and Maize Manor United Methodist Church.
Leaders of the Capital Area North District were grateful for generous support from the following United Methodist churches: Bexley, Church of the Messiah, Jerome, King Avenue, Lewis Center, Linworth, New Albany, North Broadway, Northwest, Powell, Trinity and Worthington, as well as United Methodist Community Ministries, the Rev. Linda Middleburg and the Rev. Michael Pratt.
With the success of these clinics, the district plans to provide this ministry again in 2021.