Enlaces hosts COVID-19 vaccination clinic
The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and Enlaces organized a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Anchorage last March and a second follow-up clinic in April.
To make communication better between health personnel and people who were vaccinated, Enlaces provided English-Spanish interpretation support, promoted the event, made appointments, and interpreted during the days when the vaccines were applied.
The vaccine offered during the clinics was Pfizer-BioNTech. People received the first dose on March 18 and 19, and three weeks later, on April 8 and 9 the second dose was applied.
The space to carry out the vaccination clinic was donated by Abraham Gallo, who provided a space in Gallo’s Center, facilitating that DHSS could coordinate all necessary logistics.
While the vaccination clinic was taking place, some of the staff took a lunch break at a restaurant nearby. It was then that, while at a restaurant located in the same mall, they informed the restaurant workers that vaccines were available close by and were free. Several of the employees decided to go to the clinic to be vaccinated.
This is the perfect example of the importance of having access not only to information in our own language, but also easy access to spaces where the services we need can be provided.