The National Grange, the U.S.’ oldest agricultural fraternity and rural service organization, opened its 157th annual conference and legislative session in Niagara Falls on Tuesday. With nearly 600 elected officers, delegates, Grange members and guests attending, the annual convention serves to set national legislative policies for the organization, and is also a major networking and social event for members from across the country.
While most events during the week are for members-only, the National Grange will offer a one-day vaccination clinic, which will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday – National Rural Health Day – in partnership with McUlsky Health Force, the American Society of Consulting Pharmacists and PharMerica. The vaccination clinic will be open in the Cataract Room of the Niagara Falls Convention Center, 101 Old Falls St.
“For rural Americans, vaccines are a critical aspect of preventing serious disease and illness, and what better day to offer them to our members and our Niagara neighbors than on National Rural Health Day. We hope to see many people from the local community taking advantage of this opportunity,” National Grange President Betsy Huber said.
The latest COVID and influenza vaccines will be available – free of charge. Attendees are encouraged to bring proof of insurance or Medicare/Medicaid number. A limited number of gift cards will be made available to those who receive vaccinations at this clinic. This project is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ) through USAging as part of a financial assistance award to USAging.
Recently, the National Grange held a similar drive at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts, administering more than 3,500 immunizations.
For additional information on this convention, visit http://grange.biz/Convention157.