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Hundreds receive flu shots, COVID-19 vaccines at Cal State LA community health fair

November 03, 2021

Cal State LA News Service

Community members, students, faculty and staff received flu shots during a community health fair at Cal State LA.
Photo: Community members, students, faculty and staff received flu shots during a community health fair at Cal State LA. (Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)

Hundreds receive flu shots, COVID-19 vaccines at Cal State LA community health fair

November 03, 2021

Cal State LA News Service

Community members, students, faculty and staff received flu shots during a community health fair at Cal State LA.
Photo: Community members, students, faculty and staff received flu shots during a community health fair at Cal State LA. (Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)
Hundreds of people received COVID-19 vaccinations and flu shots during a community health fair at Cal State LA.

Throughout the daylong event held Oct. 29, participants walked through Cal State LA’s Parking Structure A, stopping at stations to receive the vaccinations and boxes of nonperishable food provided by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. In addition to flu shots, first and second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were offered, as well as COVID-19 boosters.

The health fair was a partnership between Cal State LA, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and QueensCare Health Centers. QueensCare staff administered the vaccines.

Volunteers distributing boxes of nonperishable food.
Photo: Volunteers helped distribute more than 500 boxes of nonperishable food provided by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. (Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)

“I am so happy to be here with Cal State LA and QueensCare and all of you because it is very important for us to get vaccinated,” Solis said to volunteers and community members gathered at the fair.

Solis, whose First Supervisorial District includes the university, presented county commendations to QueensCare and Cal State LA. She recognized the university for its continued support of the Los Angeles County community during the pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, Cal State LA has worked with Solis, other elected officials and community partners to open a COVID-19 testing site on campus and to host several community food distributions and flu shot clinics.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, who partnered with Cal State LA and QueensCare Health Centers to host the event, spoke to volunteers and community members during the fair.
Photo: Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, who partnered with Cal State LA and QueensCare Health Centers to host the event, spoke to volunteers and community members during the fair. (Credit: Robert Huskey/Cal State LA)

Cal State LA also served as one of the first state and federal community vaccination centers, part of the Biden administration’s effort to ramp up COVID-19 vaccine distribution across the country. The center included mobile vaccination clinics that aimed to serve vulnerable populations hard hit by the pandemic.

“From the start of the pandemic, Cal State LA has been committed to helping people in our community get the resources they need to stay healthy and safe,” said Cal State LA Provost and Executive Vice President Jose A. Gomez. “We look forward to continuing to serve our community and our region in collaboration with our partners.”

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