On Saturday, February 13, 2021, NAACP’s Pasadena Branch teamed with Pasadena Public Health Department and Huntington Hospital to administer the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 114 members of the African-American community, aged 65 and over. The pop-up vaccine clinic took place outside of the NAACP offices.
“We are so happy to be partnering with Pasadena’s NAACP in this vaccination clinic,” said Pamela Weatherspoon, MBA, Vice President, Enterprise, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Huntington Hospital. “Huntington Hospital is committed to helping our partners in the community provide equitable opportunities to access the COVID-19 vaccine. Our hope is that we can accelerate these efforts as more COVID-19 vaccines become available to the Pasadena Public Health Department.”
The COVID-19 vaccines were provided in conjunction with a supply obtained by Pasadena Public Health Department and included assistance by the City of Pasadena in registering the public for their appointments. Huntington Hospital’s team of pharmacists, community nurses and information technology team were on hand to ensure the safe administration of vaccines. Second doses will be administered on March 6. More vaccine clinics are anticipated to be announced once additional vaccines are made available.
The Pasadena Branch of the NAACP was originally founded in 1919 and has a long history in the community. The Branch was founded when a small group of citizens answered the call of John Wright to respond to the needs of minority people in Pasadena. Their first step was to build an organization which served as the voice of all those denied the basic dignities rightfully due human beings, especially African American citizens in the City of Pasadena. To learn more about NAACP’s and their efforts to provide education and resources about COVID-19, please visit: www.naacppasadena.org/covid-19-resources.
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