EUGENE, Ore.-- A mass vaccination clinic was held for the Latinx community in Lane County Thursday afternoon.
Lane County Public Health partnered with Huerto de La Familia and Centro Latino Americano to distribute 64 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine Thursday. Marissa Zarte, Executive Director for Huerto de La Familia, said the Latinx community is disproportionally affected by the coronavirus as well as having a lack of access to the vaccine.
"I think the distrust there for all families in our community to some degree but I think in our community there is less access to be able to receive the vaccine or event the technology needed to register for other vaccines is a huge barrier for those who might not be used to navigating those systems," Zarte said.
She also said many in the Latinx community work in jobs, like food service, where they cannot work from the safety of their homes.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, 26% of COVID-19 cases in the state are Latino. But Latinos only make up 13% of the overall population in Oregon.
Lane County Public Health said they will be having weekly vaccination clinics for the Latinx community.