Goodman Community Center | COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

The Goodman Community Center is excited to partner with the African American Health Network (AAHN) to bring COVID-19 vaccine education and vaccination clinics to the east side of Madison. Dr. Eva Vivian, president of AAHN, is leading the effort, along with Goodman CEO Letesha Nelson. Anyone interested in learning more about the COVID-19 vaccine, asking questions or getting vaccinated are welcome to attend.

Anyone 12 and older is elligible to receive a vaccine. Children under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian. If a parent or guardian can't be present, permission can be given over the phone.

First or second Pfizer doses available to anyone aged 16 and older.

Johnson & Johnson available to 18 and older.

AAHN will be distributing vaccines at the Goodman Center on the following dates:

  • Friday, April 30, 2021 5-7pm (149 Waubesa St.) | Pfizer 1st & 2nd Doses
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5-7pm (214 Waubesa St.) | Pfizer 1st & 2nd Doses
  • Friday, May 21, 2021 5-7pm (149 Waubesa St.) | Pfizer 1st & 2nd Doses
  • Wednesday, June 2, 2021 5-7pm (214 Waubesa St.) | Pfizer 1st & 2nd Doses
  • Friday, June 11, 2021 5-7pm (149 Waubesa St.) | Pfizer 2nd Doses Only

Walk-ins and pre-registration welcome

To register, please call: 608.204.8018, during Goodman Center hours:

  • Monday - Thursday, 7am-9pm
  • Friday, 7am-8pm
  • Saturday - Sunday, 8:30am-6pm

Why did you get vaccinated?

Letesha Nelson, GCC CEO / Executive Director
“I’m closer to being able to safely visit my grandbabies. And I’m so excited the Goodman Center will soon be playing a role in providing some of that relief to members of our community.”

Howard Hayes, GCC Young Men’s Program Coordinator
“I started to think of it less as protecting myself and more about it being a duty to my community. All of this helps support your community. Helps support your family.”

Pahoua Vang, Asst. Director of Girls Inc. of Greater Madison
Cha Yang, Business Services Support Coordinator

“We decided to get vaccinated because we have several loved ones who are immunocompromised. Getting the vaccine would not only help us strengthen our immunity against the virus, but it would allow us to help keep family, friends, and community members safe.”

5 COVID-19 Vaccine Myths & 1 Truth

Dr. Eva Vivian, President of the African American Health Network and professor in the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy explains some of the false information going around about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will alter your DNA.


The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are messenger RNA vaccines. When you receive one of these vaccines, the vaccine messenger RNA instructs immune cells to make a protein that the immune system doesn’t recognize. Immune cells make antibodies to kill that protein and those antibodies will then attack COVID-19 cells. The messenger RNA doesn’t go into the nucleus of your cells where the DNA is, so your DNA will not be altered.

The vaccines use a live virus.


The vaccine does not use a live virus. In the case of Johnson & Johnson, the vaccine contains a modified version of a different virus. When that material enters the cell in our body, it also produces a protein that is not recognized by the immune system, prompting the immune system to create the same antibodies to fight off the real COVID-19 virus.

You can get COVID-19 from the vaccine.


There is no live COVID-19 virus in the vaccine, so it is not possible to get the coronavirus from the vaccine. Some people may experience some side effects from the vaccine: fatigue, muscle pain, fever, chills, nausea or pain at the injection site. Those symptoms are a sign that your body is building protection against the virus.

If I experience no side effects, the vaccine isn’t working.


Everyone’s body is different and reacts differently. Some people experience stronger side effects, some more mild, and some people experience no side effects at all.

I had COVID-19. I don’t need the vaccine.


We don’t know how long after the virus a person is protected. There are cases of people getting the coronavirus twice.

The COVID-19 vaccine will help our community. TRUE!


This is the best way to protect yourself, your family and our community! The sooner we’re all vaccinated, the sooner we’re all safe.