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Promotoras play a role in spreading vaccines to Latino communities
Community health workers are distributing information about the COVID-19 vaccine directly to Latino communities in the San Diego area.
The “Promotoras” are in front of supermarkets. They carry leaflets with phone numbers for help, to make an appointment for the vaccine, or to find a place nearby that can have free tests.
As part of the San Diego Latino Health Coalition, promoters are trained to answer questions from the community. They are the mothers, aunts, or comrades who live in the neighborhood and know their community well. They converse in the same language and with their familiarity, it’s hard to ignore.
“Pásele, mascarillas gratis,” which means, “we have free masks,” or “we’re giving out information about the COVID vaccine for you to read,” they tell people entering and exiting grocery stores in City Heights.
You want to safely reach those who do not have easy access to transportation or computers, or those who do not have time to call and make an appointment because of work.
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– The San Diego Union-Tribune
Israel agrees to vaccinate Palestinian workers, Palestinian officials say
Israel, which has been criticized by human rights groups for failing to expand its world-leading immunization program to Palestinian territories under its control, agreed on Friday to vaccinate 100,000 Palestinians who regularly travel to Israel to work, the Palestinian Minister of Health said .
The vaccinations, carried out at ad hoc centers set up along the dividing line between Israel and the West Bank, would represent the largest shipment of the protective serum to the five million Palestinians living there and the Gaza Strip.
The authorities there are largely dependent on vaccines, which have yet to be distributed through internationally funded measures against poor countries, as well as on independent purchases they make on the free market.
To date, Palestinians have had access to about 10,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik vaccine donated by Moscow, 2,000 of which arrived in Gaza Thursday. In early February, Israel also sent 5,000 doses to inject health workers
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Seattle Times staff and news services