Here’s how City leaders are bringing COVID-19 vaccines to underserved populations in Sacramento

City leaders, along with the Sacramento Fire Department, recently have been making COVID-19 vaccines available to underserved populations by offering vaccination clinics across Sacramento.

The clinics are part of an effort to inoculate people who may hard to reach, including service workers, people 65 years and older and those with disabilities.

Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby and the Natomas Unified School District, with support from Councilmember Jeff Harris, on March 11 hosted a vaccination clinic at Natomas High School (3301 Fong Ranch Road). Hundreds of front-line workers, including janitors, service workers, restaurant workers, agricultural workers and senior care residents, received COVID-19 vaccines at the drive-through clinic.

Ashby and the Natomas High School have been hosting a vaccination clinic every Thursday from 8 to 11 a.m. for eligible residents and have provided more than 4,000 residents with vaccinations since February.

“It’s so important to support our frontline workers who have not stopped working during the COVID-19 pandemic and will have a sense of relief coming home to their families after being vaccinated,” Ashby said.

The City’s Fire Department also on March 11 hosted a vaccination clinic at the Neighborhood Wellness Foundation Community Center (3805 Clay St.). The clinic offered hundreds of vaccinations to eligible residents, including people 65 years and older, law enforcement and emergency services staff, K-12 teachers and childcare workers, as well as food and agricultural workers.

The Fire Department on March 12 is offering vaccinations to eligible residents on a first-come, first-serve basis at Calvary Chapel (2667 Del Paso Blvd.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

“Creating equal access to vaccinations for our community members who are currently eligible helps achieve our goal of inclusive public safety,” said Fire Chief Gary Loesch.

Vice Mayor Jay Schenirer with UC Davis on March 12 is offering vaccinations by appointment at City Church Sacramento (3860 4th Ave.). People can call 916-349-6980 to make an appointment.

“This community-driven effort fills a critical need to make sure our most vulnerable residents – seniors, communities of color and those who have been risking their lives as essential workers – are prioritized,” Schenirer said.  “We’re looking forward to expanding these clinics throughout the Oak Park, Stockton Blvd and Franklin neighborhoods to get everyone vaccinated.”

Mayor Pro Tem Ashby and Councilmember Eric Guerra on March 8 held a vaccination clinic at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento (2093 Arena Blvd.) for eligible people, including people 65 years and older, K-12 teachers and childcare workers.

Councilmember Guerra also has hosted several vaccinations clinics in February and March and several more are scheduled in the coming weeks. A clinic on March 13 will offer vaccinations at La Familia Counseling Center (5523 34th St.) to food and agricultural workers and another could occur in April.

Councilmember Mai Vang on March 12 is hosting a vaccination clinic at Pannell Meadowview Community Center (2450 Meadowview Road) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. where up to 1,000 vaccinations will be available to residents. The clinic will offer walk-up, transportation and drive-through options for people with access and functional needs.

To ensure vaccination equity — we must meet the people where they are,” Vang said. “I’m incredibly proud of our community partners for coming together to ensure we protect our most vulnerable residents in south Sac.”

People can find other resources for individuals, families, businesses, workers and communities at the City’s COVID Relief website.

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