Efforts to Increase Vaccination of Hispanics Underway
Two efforts should make it easier for Hispanics to be vaccinated.
According to KFF’s analysis of vaccine trends, white people are three times more likely to have received a COVID-19 vaccination than Hispanics. The research finds access may be playing a significant role. Two vaccination clinics in Burlington will work to change that. Cone Health, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are opening a vaccination clinic Friday, March 19 at the CityGate Dream Center at 1423 N. Church St., Burlington. In addition, Cone Health will add Spanish speaking staff and evening hours to its clinic on Eric Lane in Burlington, administering additional vaccine doses there provided by FEMA.
“Many Hispanic residents work as essential workers and many live in households with parents who are at very high-risk for COVID-19,” says Debbie Grant, DNP, RN, a chief nursing officer and vice president with Cone Health. “These safe vaccines are a highly-effective way to protect our families and the ones we love.”
COVID-19 vaccines protect against virus-related hospitalization and death. There are possible temporary reactions, such as a sore arm, fever, headache or feeling tired and achy for a day or two. The hours of the clinic should help those who don’t feel well the next day avoid lost time at work. The clinic will be open:
- Friday, Noon-6 pm
- Saturdays, 8 am-4 pm
- Sundays, 9 am-2:45 pm
- Mondays, 9 am-2:45 pm
Spanish speaking staff will schedule appointments through the Hispanic Federation. The phone number that Spanish speakers can call to register for an appointment is 336-890-3792. Spanish speaking staff will be on site during the clinics.
The state is currently making vaccinations available to:
Starting Wednesday, March 17, North Carolina will expand eligibility to people with high-risk medical conditions and those living in shared housing arrangements.
The CityGate Dream Center will serve as a support clinic or “spoke” for the FEMA mass vaccination “hub” site in Greensboro. FEMA will supply 1200 doses per week to each of the Cone Health “spoke” clinics in Alamance County for the next 7 weeks.
Cone Health urges everyone eligible to receive the vaccine to make an appointment to do so. Online scheduling is available for Cone Health’s other vaccine clinic sites at conehealth.com/vaccine or for those with limited online access, by calling 336-890-1188.