Mobile Clinics Bolster State’s Equitable Vaccination Efforts
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released demographic data on the populations being served at the state/federal Community Vaccine Centers (CVCs) in Oakland and Los Angeles.
As of March 14, Cal OES and FEMA have a given a total of around 350,000 vaccines across both sites, with more than 36,000 of those vaccines administered at targeted mobile clinics within the community. Nearly 67 percent were administered to targeted underserved communities and people of color.
Both locations chosen for these efforts are in some of the most diverse and socioeconomically challenged communities in the country. The goal of establishing these joint federal pilot sites in this manner was to expand the rate of vaccinations in California in an efficient, effective and equitable manner, with an explicit focus on making sure that communities that have been hit hardest by COVID-19 are not left behind.
Total combined vaccinations given as of Sunday are 346,096 (fixed and mobile sites). The CVCs in Oakland and Los Angeles have drive-thru, walk up and mobile vaccine options. Of the 346,096 Californians vaccinated, 18,108 identified as Black/African American, 77,086 as Asian, and 107,357 as Latino.
Vaccines Administered by Community – Totals from LA and Oakland Clinics:
Community Vaccine Clinic Los Angeles – vaccines administered:
Community Vaccine Clinic Oakland – vaccines administered:
Mobile Clinics Providing Direct Aid Communities
Four mobile vaccination clinics – two paired with each vaccination site –have been deployed to multiple locations within the community to amplify and provide distribution to areas that otherwise lack sufficient support for vaccinations.
These mobile vaccination clinics have been a great success to date and are serving a particularly high percentage of Latino and Black/African American populations. More than 31 percent of those served at mobile clinics in Oakland identified as Latino, about 20 percent as Black/African American and nearly 19 percent as Asian. In Los Angeles, more than 57 percent of those vaccinated at mobile sites identified as Latino, more than 18 percent are Black/African American and nearly 5 percent as Asian.
In particular, a mobile vaccine clinic opened in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw area of Los Angeles that helps to account for a jump in serving nearly 2,000 more African American/Black individuals between this week and last.
Mobile Vaccine Clinic Los Angeles – vaccines administered:
Mobile Vaccine Clinic Oakland – vaccines administered:
Find out When it’s Your Turn to get Vaccinated
Registration for vaccine appointments at these two sites is available to eligible individuals through visiting the state’s MyTurn website or by calling 833-422-4255.
Members of the public may check their eligibility for vaccination, sign up for notifications and schedule appointments in select areas through https://myturn.ca.gov/.
The mobile clinics are just one part of the state’s equitable vaccine effort. Other parts of the plan include:
- Allocating 40 percent of the state’s vaccines to the lowest 25 percent of ZIP codes based on the Public Health Alliance of Southern CA’s Healthy Places Index, and reserving appointments for priority populations through My Turn
- Creating a Statewide Vaccine Network with a Third Party Administrator (TPA) to include appropriate access in disproportionately impacted communities and supplements this access with evening/extended hours, transportation services, translation services, home-bound services, mobile vaccine services, and physical accessibility features at vaccination events, for example.
- Leveraging the work Community Based Organizations (CBOs) have been doing to provide critical services and information to Californians during the pandemic, the state has partnered with philanthropic organizations to support the work of 337 CBOs with $52.7 million in grants.
- Using data analytics to accurately allocate vaccines, My Turn will be the lynchpin of the state’s efforts to understand the demographics of vaccine recipients. The TPA will perform real-time data analytics to understand how the doses administered in certain zip codes compare to the age and sector prioritization framework that will be reviewed by health equity experts to adjust and intensify targeted efforts and resource allocations.
- The state will provide consistent messaging through a $30 million public education campaign, create in-language content with cultural humility, and meet Californians where they are in order to reach California’s diverse populations.
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