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 fourth COVID-19 Vaccination Drive in Redmond, Washington on December 5, 2021, in collaboration with the King County Department of Health. Health Care workers served a total of 344 community members of which 142 were children aged 5 to 11 years.
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. Children aged 5 to 11 years enjoyed their wait time with activities like coloring.
BAPS Charities would like to thank King County staff, especially Saddiq Faizi and Geetha Gujjarlapudi, and their partners for their service for this vaccine drive.
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 providing vaccination infrastructure is in line with that mission.