SAN DIEGO, CA – (May 26, 2021) Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) is pleased to announce the administration of their 100,000th COVID-19 vaccine dose. FHCSD operates testing, treatment and vaccination locations at dozens of clinic sites throughout the County and has utilized existing relationships with low-income, medically underserved communities to support an equitable COVID-19 response.
“Family Health Centers of San Diego has been dedicated to supporting health equity in San Diego for over a half a century,” said Fran Butler-Cohen, CEO. “It is both a responsibility and an honor to mobilize a COVID-19 response in our local communities. Our commitment to the health of our community continues by providing free and accessible COVID-19 testing and vaccinations at multiple county-wide sites. We are also committed to battling the virus on another front. For those community members who contracted COVID-19 and are at-risk for serious illness, FHCSD has provided lifesaving monoclonal antibody therapy from two clinic locations to hundreds of patients. By doing so, we protect emergency room and hospital staff, while saving the health care system countless dollars. We are proud of the role we have played in combatting this pandemic.”
Of those vaccinated at FHCSD, 61% identified as Hispanic or Latinx compared to 27% in the County as a whole, and nearly 9% were experiencing homelessness. Approximately 6% identified as Black or African American, surpassing the County’s 2.8%. The majority of individuals vaccinated by FHCSD live in the zip codes hardest hit by COVID-19 cases in the South and Central regions.
“An important part of ensuring equitable distribution is a robust tracking system,” said Anthony White, Senior Director of External Affairs. “We want to be able to provide an easy, accessible vaccination visit for anyone who seeks it, but monitoring exactly who we vaccinate also allows us to conduct outreach in the underserved communities who need it most.”
Lizzie Malabehar and her family, including her 14-year-old son, came from Escondido to get vaccinated at FHCSD at the recommendation of a family friend. She was impressed with how quickly they were seen even without an appointment and decided to come back again for her second vaccination.
“[I decided to get vaccinated] to protect my baby, and for my own safety,” said Leslie Herrera Navarro, a young Barrio Logan resident taking advantage of the walk-in vaccine appointments. “My visit went very well and was pleasant, and I’ll be telling other people about the service.”
FHCSD provides walk-in and by-appointment COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone 12 years of age or older who lives or works in San Diego County. For more information, call (619) 515-2474 or visit www.fhcsd.org/covid-19-vaccines.
About Family Health Centers of San Diego
For over 50 years, Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) mission has been to provide caring, affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons. FHCSD is one of the nation’s ten largest FQHCs, operating 49 sites across the county and providing care to over 215,000 patients each year, of whom 91% are low-income and 29% are uninsured. More information is available at www.fhcsd.org.