The thought of a needle poking 18-year-old Natalia Castro’s arm made her palms sweaty as she walked to a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Southwestern College in Chula Vista to get her first dose on Thursday. Having her older sister Celeste at her side eased the nerves, she said.
“I’m fine now; it went really fast, but I was nervous coming in,” Castro said after getting the shot.
She was among several young adults who stopped by the clinic for either a Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine offered during the launch of San Ysidro Health’s vaccination campaign aimed at increasing vaccination rates among Latino young adults.
The campaign, dubbed “¡Ándale! ¿Qué Esperas?” or “Go! What are you waiting for?” is part of a statewide effort led by AltaMed Health Services to reach Latinos who have not been vaccinated as they return to in-person learning and work, by making vaccines more accessible.
To date, the vaccination rate in California stands at 65.8 percent and those identifying as Latino are at 29 percent. In San Diego County, the Latino percentage is 28.7, according to the California Department of Public Health.
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