Filipino Young Leaders Program, community partners offer free pop-up vaccine clinic in Carson, California

Carson/LA County vaccine clinic on June 5

The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) and its virtual COVID19 help desk Tayo is partnering with the Council of Young Filipinx Americans in Medicine (CYFAM), Mabuhay Credit Union, Filipinx/a/o Community Health Association (FILCHA), Clinica Romero and the City of Carson to offer a free vaccine pop-up clinic in June.

Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines will be offered. Pfizer vaccines will be offered to anyone ages 12 and older. Parent/guardian permission is required for those ages 17 or younger. Those who register for their first dose will automatically receive an appointment for their second dose on June 26.

This collaboration among Filipino-focused non-profits and public entities came together as a direct response to the changing situation of the COVID19 pandemic and access to vaccine supplies.

City of Carson Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes said the best way to curb the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.

“The City of Carson is honored to partner with Mabuhay Credit Union and other community partners to host a pop-up vaccination site targeting our most vulnerable residents,” Davis-Holmes said.

Fred Docdocil, Mabuhay Branch & Business Development Coordinator of Mabuhay Credit Union and community leader, helped to connect FYLPRO and other community partners to the City of Carson to secure the pop-up site.

“Mabuhay Credit Union is proud to collaborate with our Community Partners in this important endeavor to help keep our community safe in spite of a global pandemic,” said Docdocil, who also serves as FYLPRO treasurer.

The pop-up vaccine clinic is a natural extension of FYLPRO’s COVID-19 efforts through its Tayo platform, a virtual help desk for the Filipino community.

“We are grateful to be a part of this crucial effort in making vaccines as accessible as possible for anyone who needs it, thanks to the generosity of our friends at Clinica Romero and the volunteer efforts of trusted healthcare professionals from partner organizations, FilCHA and CYFAM”, said Louella Rose Cabalona, President of the Filipino Young Leaders Program. “I also applaud the work of our entire Covid Task Force and Tayo Help Desk team who have been providing impactful community initiatives like this pop-up clinic since last year. There’s a lot of work to be completed in the battle against the virus; FYLPRO is humbled to contribute our small part.”

For the Filipino intergenerational community, getting vaccinated is crucial to protect everyone.

“While many in our community work in health care and have received a COVID-19 vaccine, many have not but continue to work in frontline essential worker positions, especially those who are younger, who also happen to live in multigenerational households,” said Dr. Carlos Oronce, President-Elect, Filipinx Community Health Association. “The COVID-19 vaccine is technology that has been years in the making and there is growing evidence that it is effective against many of the novel variants that are spreading around the globe. FilCHA is excited to join other FilAm organizations in LA to put on this event and help reach many in our community who have not yet had the opportunity to receive the vaccine.”

The two June vaccine pop-ups will be staffed with volunteers from Carson staff and volunteers from CYFAM.

“The Council of Young Filipino Americans in Medicine (CYFAM) is encouraged by recent news from the CDC that the COVID-19 vaccination, specifically the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is now recommended for all people 12 years and older for the prevention of COVID-19 in the United States under the US FDA Emergency Use Authorization,” said Dr. Antonio Moya, Executive Chair to co-founder of CYFAM. “As young physicians and physicians-in-training, it is so important that we encourage our peers and younger family members to get their vaccines as soon as possible. So much of this pandemic has been unfortunately driven by asymptomatic spread of the disease by younger people so we owe it to Filipino American community to get vaccinated now. We will be on site to answer any questions people have about the vaccine.”

Pop-Up Vaccine details:

When:
First dose – Saturday, June 5, 2021
Second dose – Saturday, June 26, 2021

Time: 9 am – 2 pm

Where: Carson Community Center (801 E Carson St., Carson, CA 90745)

Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/CarsonCAVax

When contacted, volunteers will schedule you for your vaccination time. Please be prepared to answer questions about your medical history during this call. On the day of the vaccination, please bring proof of ID.

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