Essential Community Health Clinics Step Up Vaccination Efforts in Pandemic
After almost two years into the global pandemic, Clínica Romero continues its advocacy for the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination as it serves residents in Pico-Union/Westlake and Boyle Heights/East L.A., which have been disproportionately impacted. To date, Clínica Romero has provided more than 20,000 vaccinations through events at local partner sites, including churches and schools. It continues to offer regular telehealth and teledentistry visits to patients, provide hot meals, food vouchers, and financial assistance to low-income families, and distribute masks, sanitizers, and face shields to street vendors and individuals experiencing homelessness.
On November 17, Clínica Romero held a virtual COVID-19 Recovery Fundraiser highlighting its new space in partnership with the Lanterman Regional Center, which expands the clinic's outreach and services. Its new exam rooms at the Alvarado clinic site serve children and adults with developmental disabilities and specialized needs who face many barriers to accessing high-quality health care. The fundraiser included a COVID-19 update by Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer regarding Clínica Romero's essential impact on the community during the pandemic. Community health centers such as Clínica Romero served as a lifeline to residents throughout the pandemic and continue to play a crucial role in diagnosis, vaccination, and outreach to educate and serve the public.