La Colaborativa Directs Hundreds to Chelsea Vaccine Clinics

As of May 28, 36% of Chelsea Latinx are fully vaccinated and 49% have received the first dose of the vaccine. During this critical moment of the pandemic, La Colaborativa is focused on vaccinating as many residents as possible.

In May, La Colaborativa’s Health Promoters scheduled approximately 800 vaccination appointments, plus encouraged hundreds more by directing residents to walk-in clinics.

The Health promoters work to ensure all residents of Chelsea have access to equitable information and services that protect their health and wellbeing. They do this through direct community outreach around the city, including door knocking. Above, Executive Director Gladys Vega spent a Saturday knocking on doors to address concerns, fears and any questions about the vaccine.

Our Health Promoters are essential to the cause. They are trained on the COVID virus transmission, variants, and the epidemiology of the disease in Chelsea. They specifically go through weekly training on how to address hesitancy towards all of the vaccines.

Promoters are also trained in understanding the social determinants of health that impact Chelsea residents. Their outreach work link families to wrap-around services offered by La Colaborativa and the City. For example, this month’s “Chelsea Seguro” campaign seeks to improve access and registration to health insurance by linking residents with Health Insurance Navigators.

La Colaborativa Vaccinates Chelsea’s Youth

Since only 31% of ages 12-15 have received the first dose, we are working to vaccinate as many youth as possible. Four hundred people attended our May Youth Vaccine Event (and 120 youth were vaccinated) so we’re hosting a June Vaccine Event on June 11 from 4-7PM at 25th Sixth Street in Chelsea. Games and activities organized by Youth Riot. Call 617-889-6080 with questions.

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