SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Theresa Parada is exactly the kind of person California justice officials say they want to vaccinate. He is a retired factory worker who speaks little English and lives in a remote part of the Los Angeles area.
But the 70-year-old Parade waited for weeks before others his age gathered at Dodger Stadium or shot the coronavirus through large hospital chains. The place where he usually receives medical care, AltaMed, is just now getting enough supplies to vaccinate later this month.
Parada said television programs show people queuing up to get pictures, but “I see only vaccines go to England.”
“It is rare for me to see a Latino vaccine there. When will it be our turn? ” he said.
Governor Gavin Newsom has repeatedly called his own “North Star” to vaccinate nearly 40 million diverse states. He is working with the federal government to build mass vaccination stations in the working-class neighborhoods of Auckland and Los Angeles. And that’s part of why he instructed insurer Blue Shield to centralize the California patch vaccine system, asking for help with the Kaiser Permanente hospital network.
However, community health officials, who are considered the backbone of the U.S. Poverty Alleviation Network, focus on health justice, say they are not getting enough rations for their patients. The at-risk residents to whom the state should be vaccinated.
In California, about 1,400 such centers provide free or low-cost services to about 7 million people, many of them in low-income communities, and a few providers who accept Medicaid, also known as Medi- Cal: Many of their clients speak a language other than English, work long hours, lack transportation, and want to turn to their trusted healthcare professionals.
Dr Efrain Talamantes, CEO of AltaMed Health Operating Services, said it was disappointing to see other drugs being delivered while his patients continued to evaluate the virus positively.
“Every time there is a limited resource, there is a clear discrepancy,” he said.
Most states understand how to distribute a limited supply of vaccines, which results in a lack of a methodological framework in the absence of a federal program. Tennessee is one of the states that distributes doses based on the population of the county, while California distributes them to eligible groups, including teachers and agricultural workers. “Free for all” allowed people with the maximum resources to get fewer vaccinations.
Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, of the Department of Epidemiology and Biology at the University of California, San Francisco, said it was clear that vaccines were the best strategy for the affected communities in areas where residents were already receiving them. care. But big box administrators tend to find community health center feedback less effective because of their small size, he said.
“We are not very good at delivering the vaccine effectively. “Our only creative solution is to build mass vaccination sites. Maybe people have access to those sites,” he said.
As California has accelerated its vaccination efforts through churches, workplaces, mobile schools, and pop clinics, state data show that relatively few shots have been fired at Latinos compared to their populations.
African Americans receive 3% of vaccine doses, while they make up 6% of the state. Latins, who make up 39% of the state, received 17% of the dose.
Blue Shield officials say they plan to keep health centers open, which are already vaccinating, but clinics are worried they will not receive enough doses.
State vaccine spokesman Darrell Ng said the governor’s plan for equitable vaccines provides for the release of vaccines “for disproportionately affected communities – to ensure that providers serving those communities are part of the network.” He said in a statement that this included sending mobile clinics to places such as churches.
Andy Martinez Patterson, vice president of the California Association of Primary Care, said that while large-scale health care systems can quickly vaccinate people, they are unlikely to reach their target population.
Community health centers have worked hard to persuade their patients to be filmed.
Health centers watched in awe as healthcare workers were vaccinated in larger hospitals in December. Then they watched as richer English-speaking Englishmen had time to browse web portals, vaccination areas for remote appointments.
When large-scale vaccination centers began opening in Orange County in mid-January, community health centers also asked for rations.
“We do not have transport. We do not speak English. We do not understand the technology you are asking us to use to register or register. So can we vaccinate people over 65 in their comfort zone? ” he said.
Riverside od Interim President of the San Bernardino District Health Association, Od Wingo, said member clinics were expanding to vaccinate more than 500,000 of their patients. But now they receive only a few dozen doses at a time.
“Everyone is working for justice, but it does not seem fair. In general, “he said.
AltaMed, in Los Angeles և Orange, recently started receiving 3,000 doses a week from two counties. Delivery should allow customers such as Parada, originally from Mexico, to receive the vaccine this month.
AltaMed will send him to a car to be transported to the clinic for a shot that will protect him when he goes out, double-masked, shopping for the family.
“I have to go out. “I have to defend myself,” he said.