Georgia: First day of vaccination against coronavirus for Hispanics in Atlanta

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  • Georgia: First day of vaccination against coronavirus for Hispanics in Atlanta
  • 200 Hispanics 65 years and older and their companions received the first dose of the vaccine
  • This day is not only for Mexicans but for the entire Hispanic community residing in Georgia

First day of vaccination against coronavirus for Hispanics in the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta thanks to the joint efforts of the Consulate, the Latino Community Fund, Fulton County, Emory University, and the Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE).

Coronavirus vaccination session at the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta

Coronavirus vaccination session at the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta

The Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta, Javier Díaz de León, told MundoHispánico that this is the first vaccination event aimed especially at the Hispanic community in Georgia.

“We are very excited, we have a huge challenge in front of us to move forward and to give an accessible place, a place where our community feels comfortable so that they have access to vaccines.”

“Today we did an event, let’s say as a pilot, to test this place that so far is working very well. Today 200 appointments were made to be 200 vaccines specifically intended for people 65 years of age or older and a companion, that was the model we agreed to test it and to prepare for other exercises in the future, “added the consul.

Likewise, Díaz de León affirmed that the 200 people who received the first dose of the vaccine Today they must return in a month to receive the second reinforcement.

“We are in talks with the Fulton County authorities to see to the extent that the vaccine is available this is a place where we always have recurring access and that our people can come.”

This day of vaccination against the coronavirus is not only for the Mexican community but for all Hispanics who reside in the state of Georgia.

For her part, Gigi Pedraza, CEO of the Latino Community Fund, said that to choose the 200 people who would receive the coronavirus vaccine they did so through the lists of the Ventanillas de Salud Program that operates at the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta .

“We are the agency that works with the Consulate of Mexico as part of the Ventanillas de Salud Program open to Mexicans and to all Latinos who have undergone diabetes and other tests during the past year and previous years, and that information is confidential that it is only saved in the program. From those lists we identify people 65 years of age or older, we have called them all and we have helped them to make an appointment for today ”.

According to Pedraza, through the contact networks of the Latino Community Fund, other people were also contacted along with a Spanish-speaking companion who are immigrants, since these are some barriers to accessing the vaccine in other places.

On the rumors that have been circulating about the side effects of the coronavirus vaccine and for which there are people who fear receiving the dose, Gigi Pedraza said that they have a flyer with the most important information about the vaccine so that the community feels comfortable.

First day of vaccination against coronavirus for Hispanics in Atlanta

First day of vaccination against coronavirus for Hispanics in Atlanta

“For me the most important thing is to remember that we are here in this country for a better future for ourselves, for our families. We are fortunate to have access to a vaccine that is practically one hundred percent effective against the death of this virus. This is what we must do to stay alive, to take care of our family and stop the pandemic ”.

Javier Díaz de León also invited the Hispanic community not to believe all the rumors they read on social networks. “We have realized that there is a lot of misinformation out there. Getting vaccinated is a personal responsibility and it is also a responsibility towards our community and towards the people who live with us, so get information from reliable sources ”.

“If you have any questions, contact the Mexican consulate, we have a large amount of information, we operate a health window in the consulate where we are precisely here to help and give you information, not from us but from the health authorities in Georgia who can give the correct information ”.

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