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Event by Indigenous Red MarketThe Fruitvale Cedar Center and Native American Health Center

3124 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601-2902, United States

Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11 AM PDT – 4 PM PDT


Nearly half of COVID-19 vaccines at Oakland Coliseum given to white people 3/12/21

Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo isn’t surprised by the numbers. He says getting to the Coliseum can be a challenge and scheduling an appointment online can be even more troublesome for folks with limited internet access. “In the grassroot neighborhood, people will come because they’re able to walk or they’re able to schedule a time when they’re not working and they’re able to, in many cases, walk their children there to the site. They don’t have the vehicles and certainly going to the Coliseum you have to get on the bus, take the BART, walk over the stadium,” Gallo said.

That’s why he says mobile vaccination sites that work in partnership with community organizations have had better turnouts. at mobile vaccine clinics in Oakland, 25% of the doses went to African Americans, 33% to Latinos and 18% to Asians. Meanwhile, 17% of the doses went to white residents. Natalie Aguilera of the Native Health Center says their organization set up one of those sites in Fruitvale with the help of FEMA.

She says they decided not to advertise the clinic on social media but instead use fliers and go door to door within the community to inform neighbors.“We knew from the presence of social media that the word would spread to beyond our community to different counties. we knew we didn’t want that to happen but the second piece is we ended up doing our own scheduling system so we made it very easy for the person to get their name on the list and make an appointment,” Natalie Aguilera said.Aguilera says this reinforces the need for governments to partner with their community groups to reach hard-hit neighborhoods.“The need is there, right now people want to get vaccinated and we just need to be able to get the doses to get them out to the people,” Aguilera said.

Pop-up COVID vaccination in Oakland aims to help hard-hit community 2/22/21

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has teamed up with the Native American Health Center in Oakland and Alameda County to provide COVID-19 vaccines to people in the Fruitvale district, one of the areas hit hardest by the virus.

The Fruitvale and surrounding zip codes have some of the highest coronavirus case rates in the county. It’s why Natalie Aguilera with the Native American Health Center said she is so grateful to partner with FEMA to provide vaccines in the heart of the neighborhood. The pop-up site opened on Saturday and has seen an overwhelming response.

In celebration of National Health Center Week, NAHC held its annual Staff Appreciation Week August 10th – 14th. NAHC’s CEO, Martin Waukazoo, pays tribute to NAHC staff with an inspiring message.