Dr. Richard Paat says that while they cannot vaccinate thousands at a time, they serve the population in need of care.
TOLEDO, Ohio – Efforts are underway in the Old South End to fully vaccinate more minorities after growing numbers of Latinos and blacks chose to get the shot.
The Organizing Committee for Agricultural Workers works with others to meet these needs.
It turned out that was so great FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez says they need to find a bigger place.
“Up until now it has been a challenge to get the vaccines. We had to take the leftovers from the other vendors. And make sure we target them, get those vaccines into town, get the vaccine out to the people instead of waiting for it people come to a place, “said Velasquez.
It now happens across the street at the gym SMART Academy School on Western Avenue.
But it wasn’t just a location problem. They needed more vaccines and that Toledo-Lucas District Health Department made a change.
“COVID has disproportionately affected the population of Latino and black people. All data show the economic impact has been hospitalizations, deaths, job losses and lost income,” he said Dr. Richard Paat, clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of Toledo.
“I’m glad the county took the step to provide 20 percent of their vaccines to people of color. It was a huge step forward for all of us,” added Velasquez.
The vaccination clinic was established back in January when the Farm Labor Organizing Committee offices began offering it to people who have qualified as directed by Governor Mike DeWine.
“When we knew the vaccine would be available, we knew people of color would be on the sidelines because they have the least access to health care, and especially the people in the city center,” Velasquez said.
“We’re not a huge mega-site where we can vaccinate 2 or 3,000 at the same time. But we keep picking, picking away and serving the people who need to be served. We go to the churches and so are we.” make our impact, “added Paat.
The clinics are completely free for those who stop by.
Velasquez and Paat say all medical volunteers are trying to make a change by keeping the clinics for our color communities going for as long as possible.
The clinics take place on Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Escuela SMART Academy.
You can make an appointment when you qualify for a vaccine by calling or emailing the FLOC offices at 419-243-3456 [email protected].