LOCKPORT – The Mental Health Association in Niagara County Inc. (MHA) opened their doors for a vaccine clinic on last Friday (4/16). The idea for the clinic began as a way to help consumers of mental health services who have had difficulties getting scheduled for a vaccine, may not have a computer, or have transportation issues.
Compeer Niagara Director Tara Porter scheduled appointments for 50 people and the vaccine was delivered by staff from the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. A few cancellations created vacancies that were filled last minute. Tara even made an announcement at nearby LaPort’s Diner that filled a spot.
All participants received the Moderna vaccine and will be returning for the second shot. The MHA (36 Pine St., Lockport) says they’re proud to be part of the Niagara County community and happy to provide many services.
Compeer Niagara is a non-profit, volunteer-based program in Niagara County that serves adults and children who have a mental health diagnosis and limited social support. Their aim is to improve the quality of life and self-esteem of their clients through social inclusion and enjoyable activities.