Primary.Health Works With Community Organizations to Ensure Equitable Access to Free COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations in Alameda County
Primary.Health, working with Umoja Health (United in Health Oakland), Bay Area Phlebotomy Lab Services (BAPLS), County of Alameda, renegade.bio, and faith-based community organizations, will be offering free COVID-19 vaccinations at the Center of Hope Community Church located at 8411 MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland, beginning March 6, 2021.
“We are excited about the opportunity to begin vaccinating our senior population, and other eligible groups in the black community, who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, “said Dr. Kim Rhoads, UCSF, associate director of community engagement for the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCSF faculty lead for Umoja Health COVID-19 test and respond initiative. “We are working every day to protect our community and address the health disparities we are seeing during this pandemic, particularly in death rates and low vaccination rates.”
Funded by Kaiser Permanente and UCSF School of Medicine, the site is being established to provide African American communities with COVID-19 vaccination opportunities for seniors, essential workers and other eligible groups. According to recent data from the California Department of Public Health, only 2.9% of vaccine doses in the state have reached Black participants. This stands in stark contrast to vaccination recipients in other communities, which range from 32.4% for white Californians to 12.3% for the Asian population.
“COVID-19 has spotlighted the health and social inequities in some of our communities across the country and we are thrilled to be working with such great partners to provide critical vaccination services in communities that need it the most,” said Andrew Kobylinksi, CEO and co-founder of Primary.Health. “Alameda County is one of many communities we are serving and we look forward to helping the county’s residents so they can reopen schools, reopen the economy, and resume their family lives in the months to come.”
To sign up for mobile service or a drive-through vaccination, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Umoja hotline at 1-888-763-0007. For more information, please go here.
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About Umoja Health
Umoja Health (United in Health Oakland) is part of the UCSF COVID-19 Community Public Health Initiative, which aims to address and improve access to both testing and vaccination to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in minority communities with high rates of infection, hospitalization and death. Umoja Health uses innovative strategies to deliver COVID-19 testing and vaccination at pop-up events, with locations determined by, and for the Black and African American residents of Alameda County, with a focus on East Oakland which has one of the highest rates of infection and death in the county. ###