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Covid Vaccinations on Wednesday in Springs — Vacunas contra Covid-19 este miércoles en Springs

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 13:27
The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, which will be administered at Wednesday's clinic, is authorized for emergency use in people 12 and older.
Durell Godfrey

There will be a pop-up Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday at the Springs Presbyterian Church, 5 Old Stone Highway, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Shots will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis — no appointments necessary.

The Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine is authorized for emergency use in people 12 and older and is given in two doses administered three weeks apart.

The clinic is a partnership between Organizacion Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island, the Springs Food Pantry, and Northwell Health. OLA will have Spanish-speaking staff members on hand for translation services and to provide information on the state's emergency rental assistance program and the Project Hope crisis counseling program.

The vaccine clinic is supported by a grant of close to $100,000 from the Centers for Disease Control Foundation awarded to OLA — one of only 71 organizations in the nation to receive such a grant — through April of 2022. The campaign will focus on reaching people of color, OLA said.

With the recent closing of multiple state-run vaccine sites, including the one on the Stony Brook Southampton college campus as of Monday, Minerva Perez, OLA's executive director, said in a statement that smaller pop-up clinics in specific communities will be extremely important.

“Our ultimate goal is to make sure that as many people as possible have access to the vaccine and understand the benefits of being fully vaccinated, both for their families and for this community we all share,” Ms. Perez said.

Mañana miércoles, en Springs Presbyterian Church, ubicado en 5 Old Stone Highway, de las 5 a las 7:30PM, se habilitará un centro provisional para la vacunación contra Covid-19. La atención será por orden de llegada, sin cita previa.

La vacuna Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 está autorizada para uso de emergencia en personas mayores de 12 años de edad, y se aplica en dos dosis, con tres semanas entre la primera y la segunda dosis. Este centro es el fruto de una alianza entre la Organización Latino Americana de Eastern Long Island (OLA), Springs Food Pantry, y Northwell Health. OLA contará con personal bilingüe para realizar traducciones y brindar información sobre el Emergencia para el Alquiler y el programa de consejería para la crisis, Project Hope.

El centro de vacunación ha sido financiado por una subvención de casi USD100.000 otorgada por los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) a OLA, una de tan solo 71 organizaciones en el país que han recibido esta subvención. Según OLA, los fondos estarán destinados a una campana enfocada en personas de color, y que se llevará a cabo hasta abril del 2022.

A propósito del cierre de varios centros de vacunación del estado de Nueva York, incluyendo el del campus universitario de Stony Brook Southampton este lunes, Minerva Pérez, directora ejecutiva de OLA, explicó a través de un comunicado la importancia de habilitar centros más pequeños, provisionales, en comunidades específicas.

“Nuestro objetivo final es el de asegurar el acceso a la vacuna a la mayor cantidad de personas posible y comunicarles las ventajas de estar plenamente vacunados, para el bien de sus familias y el bien de la comunidad en que todos vivimos”.

Traducción de Kristina Cordero


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