California works to vaccinate more minorities

California works to vaccinate more minorities

The emphasis on equity is playing out in California as the state struggles to come up with a way to get the COVID-19 vaccine out speedily but fairly.

While some areas of California are using stadiums and other mass vaccination centers to reach poor and minority residents, others are using a more surgical approach.

Wanting to make sure scarce vaccine makes it to the most vulnerable, San Francisco opened drop-in vaccine centers in historically Black and Latino neighborhoods for seniors 65 and older living in zip codes hit hardest by the pandemic.

The Southeast Health Center opened this week for walk-in shots to people in the racially diverse Bayview and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods, which have case rates far exceeding the rest of the city because of its high number of essential workers.

Shamann Walton, president of the Board of Supervisors who represents the area said it was an easy call to distribute several hundred doses a day from the Bayview, based on the numbers.

San Francisco also just opened up a new vaccination site in the city’s predominantly Latino Mission District,

Early vaccination data shows relatively few Latinos have gotten the shot compared to how many have contracted COVID-19

California recently announced a new state vaccine distribution system to be run by insurer Blue Shield, which will give extra payments to providers that vaccinate people in vulnerable neighborhoods and in communities of color, and provide translation services or evening hours to inoculate more people.

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