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'Salon/Barber Shots' COVID-19 vaccine pop-up attracts people to get shot in Niagara Falls

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Posted at 4:37 PM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-19 18:23:41-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — The first of a few "Salon/Barber Shots" COVID-19 vaccine pop-ups was held in Niagara Falls Wednesday.

Sponsored by the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. the pop-up is part of a series of “Don’t Hesitate, Vaccinate” pop-ups.

“A lot of things are being solved in a salon chair. We actually rule the world,” Marsha McWilson, owner of House of Beauty, said.

The Niagara Falls salon owner said she tells her customers daily to get the vaccine.

“They look at me. They see I lost 6 people to the coronavirus including my sister,” McWilson said.

The Chief Medical Officer of the Community Health Center of Buffalo , Kenyani Davis, said they hosted a conference call last week with hair stylists to discuss how to talk about the vaccine with their clients.

“The barbers and beauticians were all already vaccinated,” Davis said. “The hesitancy wasn’t with them. It was with their patrons which was eye opening to me.”

It was held at 2715 Highland Avenue from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and organizers say the goal is to attract people through Niagara Falls barbers and beauticians.

Davis said the community health center hopes to host more salon pop-up clinics like this one soon with live music, a barbecue, and vaccine resources. On Thursday, they will be giving shots out at Signature Cutz in Buffalo.