Lakeview/OMI Wellness Hub Holds Grand Reopening

The Lakeview/OMI Wellness Hub held a grand reopening on Aug. 13, 2021. Photograph courtesy of Maurice Rivers

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A tall colorful balloon arch was placed in the I.T. Bookman Community Center’s courtyard to celebrate the reopening of the neighborhood’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination site on Friday, Aug. 13. 

Formerly called the Lakeview/OMI COVID-19 Hub and run out of a parking lot, the operation will now be called the Lakeview/OMI Wellness Hub.

“Even though COVID-19 is our main focus right now, and for the foreseeable future, there are still other health issues that are going on in the community,” site coordinator Maurice Rivers told the Ingleside Light. “‘Wellness’ really encompasses everything.”

The new location has better functionality in terms of access, Rivers said. Users can enter or exit through different doors without the chance of infecting each other.

Rivers, one of three site coordinators, work under Felisia Thibodeaux, executive director of the Southwest Community Corporation, who oversees the effort. Thibodeaux has been highly successful in getting hesitant individuals to get vaccinated.

“I’m usually the first person there, and I’m always the last person to leave,” Rivers said. “I open the site, make sure everything is set up, oversee all the volunteers, order lunch, and make sure everything runs pretty smoothly.”

Staff are getting trained in the use of rapid testing, which they begin offering later this month. Rapid testing takes minutes instead of days to deliver results.

The hub offers testing and vaccinations on Fridays and Saturdays.

Lakeview/OMI Wellness Hub 

Address: 446 Randolph St. 

Contact: (415) 712-0313 or email covid19@itbookmancenter.org.

Hours: Fridays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

COVID-19 Testing

Free testing available on Fridays only

Provided by Colors

Results in 72 hours

Starting on Aug. 24, rapid testing from Binax/Antigen will available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Vaccinations

Fridays and Saturdays

Ages 12 and older

Appointments preferred, drop-ins welcome