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Vaccine clinics for veterans, minorities this weekend

 

Last updated 2/18/2021 at 12:24pm

VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System

Larry Stamps, 75, a Vietnam War Army veteran, receives his second COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 17 at the PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Clinic in Colorado Springs. A vaccine clinic this weekend will provide vaccines to more than 500 veterans.

More than 500 veterans can get a COVID-19 vaccine this weekend in Colorado Springs. The VA is scheduling initial vaccine appointments for Saturday and Sunday at the PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Clinic.

VA is following CDC vaccination priority group guidelines and is currently expanding into priority group 1c, primarily focusing on Veterans 65 years of age and older. ECHCS is also offering vaccines to primary and secondary caregivers enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. If a veteran is eligible for the vaccine, a qualified caregiver enrolled in PCAFC is eligible as well, regardless of age.

Vaccinations will also be given to veterans who are front-line health care workers and essential workers with a work ID, including first responders (e.g., firefighters and police officers), corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, childcare workers and education faculty (teachers and support staff).

To maximize administration and avoid vaccine waste, ECHCS requires scheduled appointments to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Veterans who identify with the above priority groups may request an appointment by calling 888-336-8262.

MINORITIES:

El Paso County Public Health and Servicios de la Raza will offer vaccines specifically to minoritiy populations this Friday and Saturday.

In conjunction with the Colorado Vaccine Equity Taskforce, El Paso County Public Health and Servicios de la Raza-with the support of many community partners-are offering a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic serving people of color, ages 65 and older this weekend. The event will be held at El Paso County Public Health South, 6436 S. US Highway 85/87 in Fountain (behind IHOP and Wendy's).

The clinic will provide 1,000 vaccinations, which will be by appointment only. There are still appointments available. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call (719) 374-8313. The call center will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. today.

• Friday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Saturday, Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Bilingual staff, translators, and ASL translators will be available at the event. For languages outside of Spanish, there will be access to a language support line as needed

• There is no ID required and no fee for the vaccination

NOTE: The event is contingent upon the county's receipt of additional vaccines.

"The goal is to meet diverse communities where they are and increase access to the vaccine by reducing barriers such as language, transportation, technology and accessibility," said Susan Wheelan, El Paso County Public Health Director. "We are grateful for our partners, because without their support, these pop-up equity clinics would not be possible. We value the collaboration of the El Paso County Vaccine Consortium and the efforts of our many grassroots organizations and volunteers to make mass vaccination clinics accessible throughout all communities."

"Servicios de la Raza is proud to serve our Latino immigrant community in Colorado Springs and we thank El Paso County Public Health for allowing us to serve a community that struggles with disparities and is in need of access to care," said Julissa Soto, director of statewide programs for Servicios de la Raza.

 

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