The ultimate goal of the COVID-19 vaccine is to save lives and slow the spread of the virus. For many, access is simple. For others, it is not. Since receiving the first doses of vaccines in January, Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP) has administered more than 10,000 doses.
“As a Federally Qualified Health Center, our mission is to make high quality health care accessible to all. For that reason, we’ve worked hard to make COVID-19 testing and vaccines available to the more vulnerable and underserved Black, Hispanic/Latino, low-income and refugee populations in our community,” says Jean Polster, NFP’s president and chief executive officer. “We’ve done this through our community health center locations and in partnership with other local organizations.”
NFP’s latest partnership for vaccine administration is with the Community Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC). The organizations worked together to produce a video (link below) about COVID-19 vaccines specifically for individuals with communication challenges. The video features Melanie Golembiewski, MD, MPH, NFP’s associate medical director answering vaccine questions (in English & Spanish) with the support of a sign language interpreter.