The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on communities across the globe. Thanks to the effort put forth by scientists, researchers, doctors, among many others, vaccines have been developed that have shown evidence of generating strong immune responses against the COVID-19 virus. As the scientific community and public officials have emphasized, widespread vaccination is an essential pillar of battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
BAPS Charities organized the third COVID-19 Vaccination Drive in Seattle, Washington on November 14, 2021, in collaboration with King County benefitting 374 participants of which 173 were children aged 5 to 11 years and 201 were 12+ participants. Health care workers administered 120 Pfizer, 70 Moderna and 11 J&J along with 173 Peds Pfizer COVID19 vaccine shots.
Through the medical staff’s professional support, participants were guided through the registration process, received their vaccinations, and were provided post-vaccination care. BAPS Charities volunteers played an essential role in ensuring that the vaccinated patients had a pleasant and smooth experience. In particular, the volunteers assisted in providing socially distanced flow, sanitization protocols, and translation services.
BAPS Charities would like to thank Washington State Representative Vanada Slatter and City of Bellevue Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis , for gracing the event with her presence and showing her support to the community and volunteers. BAPS Charities would also like to thank King County and their dedicated team of professionals who are working on reaching out to the community.
Before the vaccination drives, BAPS Charities saw a community need for vaccine education in an accessible format for the Indian diaspora. BAPS Charities created a video to provide multiple perspectives from credentialed doctors & researchers with Gujarati subtitles.
In line with historical campaigns such as flu vaccine drives, health insurance information drives, health awareness lectures, health fairs, and BAPS Charities has endeavored to support all individuals’ health and well-being. Battling the misinformation surrounding COVID-19 vaccines and provide vaccination infrastructure is in line with that mission.