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Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, 10th District, CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and the Southern California Eye Institute have partnered to launch a walk-up mobile vaccine clinic to provide free Pfizer vaccines. Anyone over the age of 16 is eligible for a vaccine.
Additionally, the hospital has partnered with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science to provide student volunteers for on-site registration allowing for walk-up appointments for community members.
“Equity matters,” Ridley-Thomas said. “There is no greater threat to our future and overall health of our city than COVID-19. We must continue the work of equity – health equity, social equity, racial equity – in our COVID response.”
CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was the first hospital-based drive-through dispensing site for COVID-19 vaccines in the L.A. County. In addition, CHA HPMC continued to look for ways to deliver vaccines to the underserved, including those lacking access to computers or transportation. The solution turned up when the Southern California Eye Institute offered to convert its mobile eye clinic bus to a vaccination center on wheels. The walk-up mobile vaccine clinic will be held at 1819 S. Western Ave. every Tuesday through May 25 (with the exception of April 27).
“Vaccination is our best chance at reducing the death and suffering caused by COVID-19 disease, and we need to provide easy access to vaccines, especially for our vulnerable communities,” said Dr. Rohit Varma, chief medical officer of HPMC.
For information, visit hollywoodpresbyterian.com.
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