The Benefits of Pop-up Vaccine Sites in Ethnic Enclaves like Chinatown

Posted on: April 1st, 2021 at 5:02 am by

Photo: Karlin Chan

The state last week brought a pop-up vaccine site in the heart of Chinatown, which was well received by the community.

Last Wednesday (March 24), Lieutenant Governor Kathy Holchul announced hundreds of coronavirus vaccine doses would be made available to Chinatown residents and surrounding areas. Queues for appointments formed almost immediately at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association on Mott Street the next day. Many of those eligible previously encountered difficulty securing appointments due to language access or computer literacy limitations. Friday was vaccine day.

Perhaps the state and city are finally acknowledging the benefits of pop-up vaccination sites in ethnic enclaves, and utilizing local nonprofits to overcome language and computer access issues.

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