COVID vaccinations take center stage in long-standing agenda to tackle health care inequalities

COVID vaccinations take center stage in long-standing agenda to tackle health care inequalities

In the shrine where mass is typically held at St. Columba Catholic Church in St. Paul, a half-dozen healthcare workers sat at tables on Friday, handing out injections of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Doi Nguyen, a 65-year-old chiropractor from Saint-Paul, checked in at a table in the lobby of the church.

He spoke with the worker in Vietnamese as she rechecked her information and gave him information on the vaccine. He received a dose of the Pfizer vaccine in his left arm from M Health Fairview nurse Treva Bjerke.

“With the Pfizer vaccine your arm will be sore for a few days, you may feel like you have the flu. So maybe a headache, chills, ”Bjerke told Nguyen after kicking him. Translators were available for patients who needed them.

While COVID-19 vaccines are new territory for M Health Fairview, working in communities that often have not had equal access to health care is not. For…

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