Community Health Alliance Hosts Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics to Increase Vaccine Equity in Washoe County for Underserved and At-Risk Populations
In partnership with the Washoe County Health District and in alignment with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Equity and Fairness Initiative, Community Health Alliance (CHA) will be prioritizing vaccine outreach efforts to northern Nevada communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, which includes the 89502 and 89431 zip codes in Reno and Sparks.
CHA is tapping into Washoe County Health District’s growing senior 70+ COVID-19 vaccine waiting list. Key CHA staff members, including pharmacists and call center representatives, are contacting individuals 70 and older who live in the zip codes of 89502 and 89431 and booking appointments as vaccines become available.
“Vaccine equity requires intentional outreach efforts,” said Oscar Delgado, CEO of Community Health Alliance. “Our priority is to ensure that our underserved and at-risk populations are given proper and fair access to the COVID-19 vaccine.”
CHA has been and will continue to host pop-up vaccine clinics weekly at their Wells Ave. Health Center for patients and non-patients. Appointment availability is based on vaccine allocation from the Washoe County Health District. As of Feb. 11, CHA has vaccinated over 2,100 community members.
“We appreciate the staff at CHA working to vaccinate vulnerable populations in Washoe County,” said Kevin Dick, district health officer for Washoe County. “Getting shots in arms is important, but we have to be equitable in our strategy. CHA is a trusted source of care for many in our underserved population and we’re grateful for their efforts to ensure those disproportionally impacted receive the COVID-19 vaccine.”
CHA also urges members of our community to pick up their phone to ensure they don’t miss the call to book their appointment.
“The process to book an appointment happens quickly,” said Delgado. “We are working hard to work down the waiting list, and it’s important for you to answer the call.”
Patients and non-patients 70 and older can continue to book their first dose vaccine appointments through CHA’s website or by calling (775) 336-3035. Second dose appointments are scheduled after first appointments are completed.
For more information about CHA’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics or to book an appointment, visit https://www.chanevada.org/services/medical/covid-19-vaccine/.