DURHAM, N.C. — Three buses are traveling the state with the goal of ensuring equitable COVID-19 vaccine distributions.
From Durham, the organization We Are Ready for Life, W.A.R. 4Life launched three former city buses as mobile COVID-19 vaccination units. Founder Jason Williams says the mission of W.A.R. 4Life is to provide suitable living conditions and economic opportunities for people in underserved communities.
Now, the nonprofit wants to make an impact with the vaccine as well.
"We're looking at rural communities, Black and brown communities," Williams says. "The ones that may not have transportation or may not be able to leave their community. We want to come directly to them at their doorstep and be able to provide resources."
Williams says for the first 12 to 15 spots the organization has secured at least 100 Johnson & Johnson vaccines for each location. It is looking to community and medical partners to grow those numbers.
There will be a nurse onboard each bus to administer the shot, and residents will be able to sit on the bus for their 15-minute waiting period after receiving it.