People waited in line starting at 9 a.m. to get one of the 200 Moderna vaccines given out at last weekend’s Cesar Chavez Health Fair in Santa Rosa’s Martin Luther King Jr, park. The event, including a DJ, art and information about the vaccine, was put on by Santa Rosa art nonprofit Raizes Collective, in collaboration with Latino Service Providers and other local nonprofits.
"We really are targeting our folks that have been impacted by COVID the most," Gricelda Correa, Raizes Collectives' Consulting Coordinator, said. "We Really want to give the community access whenever possible. And by access I mean showing up where they’re at."
Because Latinx residents in Sonoma County have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, making up 65% of the positive cases, Correa said it was essential to hold an easily-accessible event. People learned about it via word of mouth and social media.
Gildardo Hurtado heard about the health fair on the radio after he got off work in Windsor. Despite already having the virus, he says he was excited to get extra protection.
"I wish I had been vaccinated before I got COVID back in December, so I’m glad I came here today. I’ll be able to get back to normal, hopefully," Hurtado said.
Over 300 vaccines were administered by Sutter Health and other health organizations, according to county officials.
More information about vaccine pop ups and art events can be found at raizescollective dot org.