Austin talks | West Side residents urged to get vaccinated – and keep getting tested
Religious leaders urged West Side residents who have yet to receive their COVID vaccines to do so this month in a number of places, including the 15th Police District on January 22. And they reminded residents to get tested regularly to make sure they’re not. spread of the particularly contagious Omicron variant.
“Testing is essential. You just want to keep knowing you’re okay, ”Reverend Steve Epting, senior pastor at Hope Community Church, said at the monthly West Side church leaders meeting.
Epting noted that with more people getting vaccinated, “we don’t get so sick. … But you can still catch COVID, and you can still pass it on (on.) ”
His church, 5900 W. Iowa St., offers COVID testing on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tests are also available at various Walgreens and CVS locations. More information on the test sites can be found here.
The January 22 vaccination event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Police District Community Hall at 5701 W. Madison St. Other vaccination events have taken place in recent weeks, but one has had to. be canceled because the vaccination team contracted COVID, Epting said.
Captain Sheamus Mannion, who replaces 15th District Commander Andre Parham, who is in Quantico, Va., At the FBI Academy for training, attended this month’s denominational meeting. He is expected to return to the 15th arrondissement in March.
Mannion noted that Austin’s 15th District was one of only two of the city’s 22 districts to see a drop in violent crime. The Chicago Tribune reported that the District of Austin saw a notable drop in homicides over the one-year period between 2020 and 2021.
He said it was not too early for police and the community to brace for warmer weather when crime escalates. “It’s cold right now, but we have to have a plan in place. “
Mannion started working in the 15th arrondissement in October. “I’m happy to be here,” said the 22-year-old veteran, who also worked in the 10th and 11th police districts. “It’s refreshing to see the (faith-based) partnership… it’s really unique,” he said. “This is the strongest faith-based partnership” he has seen in the CPD.
Additionally, residents have been invited to attend a luncheon at Bethel New Life on January 14 that will focus on the state of education in Austin. Find out more here.