COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — Less than four in 10 people in Colorado’s Hispanic community have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, and a community leader who has advocated for the Hispanic population to get vaccinated is bringing another equity clinic in southern Colorado next month. This is less than the percentage of the total population.
The upcoming clinic is one of the new solutions to increase the number of vaccinated South Colorado Latinos.
“My numbers are in the hundreds every time we do this clinic, I think it’s a big need,” added Julissa Soto, independent health equity consultant.
According to public health data, 38.94% of Hispanics in Colorado have received at least one dose of a covid vaccine. This is the lowest percentage of all demographic groups in the state.
“I believe this is a great need, my community has spoken out and they say they want to be approached with dignity and respect, they also want to be approached after hours with culturally relevant messaging and that’s what we bring for them,” added Soto.
Soto, a vaccine activist, has been at the forefront of bringing the vaccine to Latin American populations and bringing the vaccine to several communities in the state, including southeast Colorado Springs. She says her reason for continuing these equity clinics is that she believes they are working slowly but surely.
“Every weekend I vaccinate between 1,000 and 1,200 immigrant Latinos — I get those who were hesitant to get vaccinated, but now they’ve changed their minds, they see me every weekend,” Soto said.
Her passion and persistence in helping those who struggle to access health care, who are uninsured, or who are simply scared due to lack of knowledge is what drives her to pursue this work.
The new Community Effort Equity Clinic will be at the Sand Creek Library on Sunday, March 6, when it offers all covid vaccines for children and adults. Rides will also be available for seniors and people with disabilities.