The Pasadena Public Health Department is hosting a community discussion about the COVID-19 vaccine in Spanish, Unidos en CommUNITY: Infórmate. Protected. Vacunate.

PASADENA, Calif.—The Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) will host an in-person event in Spanish, Unidos in CommunITY: Inform. Protected. vaccinate., at Villa Parke (363 E. Villa St.) on Saturday May 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free the event will offer real-time English translation.

Panelists will share their experiences and insights to improve understanding of COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and safety. The roundtable will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, with a free lunch immediately following the presentation. Albertsons Pharmacy will provide COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to anyone age 5 and older who is currently eligible.

Pasadena Director of Public Health and Chief Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh says, “In the United States, Hispanic and Latino communities have experienced some of the highest rates of infection and death. during the pandemic and, sadly, the city of Pasadena is no exception. PPHD continues to work with community organizations and members of our Hispanic and Latino communities to reduce barriers to immunization, including misinformation.

The information presented at this event is intended for all Pasadenians but will focus on questions from members of the Hispanic and Latino community, who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

As of April 19, 2022, approximately 10,664 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (37.5% of all cases) in Pasadena are among Hispanic and Latino residents. Hispanic and Latino residents experienced a 1.5 times higher rate of COVID-19 infection than white (non-Hispanic) residents. When comparing vaccination rates between racial and ethnic groups, 69.3% of Pasadena’s Hispanic and Latino population was fully vaccinated, compared to 95.8% of the white (non-Hispanic) population.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective, but understandably members of the community may still have questions about how they work and why they are needed. PPHD Deputy Director Manuel Carmona said, “We are bringing together voices from across the community to provide evidence-based information on safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, reflect on their own decision-making process and share their experience of vaccination. Hearing accurate information from trusted community members can be very helpful for those with lingering questions about COVID-19 vaccines. »

The PPHD program coordinator, Claudia Pinedo, will act as moderator for the event. Panelists include local Pasadena community leaders Jose Madera, Isabel Ramirez, Melisa Rivera and Dr. John Rodarte. The event will also feature testimonial videos highlighting the vaccination experiences of Pasadena residents. Visit the Eventbrite registration page to RSVP and for additional information, including information about our esteemed panelists, featured videos and available raffle prizes.

The community is encouraged to submit questions from panelists in advance to Claudia Pinedo at [email protected] or (626) 744-6097.

As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people aged 5 and over get vaccinated against COVID-19, and that everyone aged 12 and over get a booster shot.

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