Vaccination Clinic is coming to Aurora this week

AURORA, Colorado (KDVR) – A push to get the COVID-19 vaccine into underserved communities in Colorado will have a direct impact in Aurora later this week.

The Salud Family Health Centers are working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and UCHealth to set up a pop-up clinic in Aurora by the end of the week, giving around 500 doses to people aged 70 and over.

“To date we have given 3,340 vaccines,” said Salud CEO and President John Santistevan. “We’ll be more efficient if we can offer more vaccines every day.”

Salud traditionally serves people without health insurance and people covered by Medicaid.

Santistevan says they don’t plan to announce the location because they don’t want extended queues and tours for an event that requires registration. You need to register on their website to participate. The clinic is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“It’s not just about getting the vaccine to them, in the area where they are comfortable, where they can access, but it is also reassuring them that it is safe, that it is the right thing for themselves to do their family and their community. ” said the chief of emergency medicine at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, Dr. Richard Zane.

“Part of that is patience. The other is transparent about the information, including the fact that these clinical trials were very specifically represented by all social and ethnic classes to conclude that they are safe, ”said Zane.

Santistevan says they tried to get information by attending community events or visiting churches to let people know that the vaccine is available at their clinics.

He says writing directly to people over 70 has proven to be a useful way to get the word out.

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