ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – To meet changing community needs for COVID-19 vaccination, the Presbyterian Community Health team is working closely with partners across the state to create smaller mobile events in areas where they are most needed.
Presbyterian Community Health has worked with Presbyterian clinicians and community partners through a Centers for Disease Control REACH cooperative agreement focused on COVID-19 and flu vaccination in Hispanic/Latinx, Native American and African American communities in 14 New Mexico counties.
As part of the effort, community partners such as Enlace Comunitario, Central New Mexico Community College and the NAACP host mobile vaccination events with Presbyterian clinicians providing the vaccine – 31 mobile events have already happened or are scheduled.
These efforts reflect the shifting reality in New Mexico. As more than 62 percent of adult New Mexicans have now been fully vaccinated, vaccination efforts are moving from large venues to smaller, focused efforts. Due to reduced community demand, the Presbyterian Vaccination Hub on San Mateo NE in Albuquerque held its last day of mass vaccinations on June 26. Other Presbyterian vaccination efforts continue, including the drive-thru site at Albuquerque Ambulance Service in Albuquerque and at Presbyterian facilities across the state.
Presbyterian Community Health has also embarked on a series of listening sessions with New Mexicans who are not yet vaccinated. The first was hosted by First Choice Community Healthcare in the South Valley.
The effort focuses on working with trusted voices in different communities, explained Nancy Pope, manager of operations and strategic initiatives for Presbyterian Community Health.
"We want to learn about why people are hesitant to get vaccinated," she said. “So far, the key takeaway is to communicate often and in as many ways as possible about the COVID-19 vaccine and about where people can find it.”
For upcoming community vaccination events, see www.phs.org. To partner with Presbyterian Community Health on vaccination events, contact Nancy Pope at email@example.com.