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Authors

  1. Bigelow, Benjamin F. BS
  2. Saxton, Ronald E. MSPH
  3. Martinez, Diego A. PhD
  4. Flores-Miller, Alejandra
  5. Shin, Jong M. MSc
  6. Parent, Cassandra BSc
  7. Williams, Samantha MSW
  8. Phillips, Katherine Hartman MSN, MPH
  9. Yang, Cui PhD
  10. Page, Kathleen Raquel MD

Abstract

Background: Despite the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Latinos, there were disparities in vaccination, especially during the early phase of COVID-19 immunization rollout.

 

Methods: Leveraging a community-academic partnership established to expand access to SARS-CoV2 testing, we implemented community vaccination clinics with multifaceted outreach strategies and flexible appointments for limited English proficiency Latinos.

 

Results: Between February 26 and May 7 2021, 2250 individuals received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination during 18 free community events. Among them, 92.4% (95% confidence interval [CI], 91.2%-93.4%) self-identified as Hispanic, 88.7% (95% CI, 87.2%-89.9%) were limited English proficiency Spanish speakers, 23.1% (95% CI, 20.9%-25.2%) reported prior COVID-19 infection, 19.4% (95% CI, 16.9%-22.25%) had a body mass index of more than 35, 35.0% (95% CI, 32.2%-37.8%) had cardiovascular disease, and 21.6% (95% CI, 19.2%-24.0%) had diabetes. The timely second-dose completion rate was high (98.7%; 95% CI, 97.6%-99.2%) and did not vary by outreach method.

 

Conclusion: A free community-based vaccination initiative expanded access for Latinos with limited English proficiency at high risk for COVID-19 during the early phase of the immunization program in the US.