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Equitable Vaccine Distribution

CentraCare understands that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color, and we are committed to reducing barriers and improving equitable vaccine distribution to all community members. We have taken the following actions to address the disparity:

  • Our Equitable Vaccine Distribution Team has been meeting with community leaders to listen, understand, and respond to concerns; answer questions; and partner on communication.
  • We are reducing barriers and increasing access by developing different avenues for our patients to get scheduled.
  • We are sharing information and planning educational sessions anywhere the community leaders think is appropriate, including churches, mosques, community centers and schools.
  • Our community health specialists are reaching out to our BIPOC (black, indigenous and other people of color) communities and facilitating vaccination appointments for eligible patients.
  • Our CentraCare Connect call center is available in English, Spanish and Somali, and interpreters are available to assist individuals in other languages.
  • CentraCare is working with MDH to target hard-to-reach populations that are in need of the COVID-19 vaccine including people who are homebound.
  • We have a “Mobile Vaccine Team” that focuses on communities that, because of various reasons like mobility or access to transportation, may not otherwise receive the vaccine.