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Come for the soup and sandwich, stay for the vaccine. Tacoma café hosts vaccine clinic.


Jazzy’s Café
 is a quaint Tacoma coffee shop known for its soups, sandwiches and— of course— coffee. If you’ve been you’ve probably tried the signature waffle melt.

Next week, you’ll find more than a cup of coffee and a ham sandwich. You’ll also find the COVID-19 vaccine.

Everyone has to do their part.

Jazzy’s will host a vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22. Anyone 12 and up can get the vaccine at this event. You can also get a booster shot.

The owner of Jazzy’s, Patrick Hughes, wants to lead his community when it comes to dispelling misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines.

“It is important as a Black business owner to open up my establishment to show I support vaccines and show there is a minority company pushing for this,” he said. 64% of people in Pierce County are fully vaccinated. For the Black community, that number drops to 50%.

Hughes hears people’s concerns about vaccine. Everything from misinformation that spreads online, to the issues people face trying to find an appointment. Bringing a clinic to the community is an answer to the issues.

“We want to make sure people know everyone has to do their part and this is my little part,” Hughes said.

A community conscious business.

Hughes asks customers to keep their masks on when not eating or drinking. He talks to people about not being vaccinated and gives them resources to understand why they should.

“I know I can’t force people to get vaccinated, but I believe a measure of humanity is in the good things we try to do for others,” Hughes said.

Hughes wants people young and old to come out to this event and spend time at Jazzy’s.

“I want to show there’s a place and establishment where people can come to drink and have fun and are community conscious and want to encourage people to get vaccinated,” Hughes said. “I want to open the door for others to see.”

The burden of the pandemic.

Hughes knows firsthand what COVID-19 can do to restaurants. Jazzy’s shut down earlier in the pandemic. Since reopening, Hughes wants the café to be a community resource. The clinic is being held in Jazzy’s event space that people can rent out for themselves. He wants to host more community events over the summer.

If you can’t make it to this clinic, you can stop by Jazzy’s for more information about COVID and keeping yourself safe.

flyer for vaccine clinic at jazzy's cafe showing information about the clinic

Find your dose.

You can also find your COVID-19 vaccine today at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture. If you need a ride to an appointment or can’t easily leave your home, we can help! Call us at (253) 649-1412, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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