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Success at Pannell

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Councilmember Mai Vang, Dr. Oshita, and volunteers

SACRAMENTO — Friday, March 12 — Today we changed the demographics of vaccination. By working with churches, nonprofits, and community-based organizations in South Sacramento, we administered more than 860 first shots of Moderna in our very first walk-in clinic.

We approached registration in a way that helped to close the digital divide. 80%+ of our registrants were black, indigenous, or people of color. Undocumented, uninsured, and unhoused were especially welcomed here. Our clinic was run entirely by volunteers with vaccines provided by the county. This was for our most hard-hit and at-risk Sacramentans.

It was a daunting and ambitious effort. 40% of the registrants did not speak English, but 12 different languages. We had a total of three areas: a large gym, RT and paratransit delivering folks outside, and another drive-thru area for persons with disabilities.

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And yet the community fiercely rose to the challenge. Councilmember Mai Vang’s office helped rally organizations like La Familia to run registration drives. More than 150 doctors, nurses, and community members (collectively speaking all the languages) showed up today and made it happen.

We also got to test the Equivax digital clinic flow, which we hope to use in Oak Park and also use in a very large-scale operation in Sacramento that will soon be announced.

It was a historic day. This is one of Sacramento’s first clinics of its kind, and will certainly not be the last. We are healing, we are rallying, and I am honored and humbled for all that happened today.

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