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Last Mile, Last Shot

Many Hispanic communities face unique challenges to raising their vaccination rates. We traveled the country to document the extraordinary efforts being made to reach them.
24 Jun 2021 – 07:25 PM EDT

- [speaking in spanish]i think what we do is so important,talking to so many people, hearing them out,listening to what they have to say.- is there a reason why you haven't been vaccinated?- [speaking in english]- we also think about, like, the huge immigrant populationin far rockaway.- [speaking in spanish]- we take care of those people who are undocumented.- [speaking in spanish]- that one-on-one interaction, it feels likethey can trust someone.- [both speaking in spanish]- this neighborhood, there's so much povertyand so much going on, it's so importantto hear people like this,that are struggling, that need're out there talking to them and giving themthat warm welcome to come and get that vaccineso it can save their lives.- the united states will purchasehalf a billion doses of pfizer covid-19 vaccineto donate to nearly 100 nations that are in dire needin the fight against this pandemic.- president joe biden and the g-7 leadershope to get the world vaccinated by the end of 2022.but the work at home isn't done yet.many latino immigrant communitiesare among those with the lowest vaccination ratesin the united states.hesitancy, misinformation,the inability to miss work and concerns about documentationall contribute to undervaccination.but groups across the country are working hardto close the gap.- ♪[singing in spanish]♪ ♪[speaking in spanish]- [speaking in spanish][ramos] the agricultural areas of californiaare some of the worst hit by covid.- the pandemic has destroyed our community.i buried five family members.almost all our team and staff has had somebody pass awaydue to covid, and why? because they were scaredto go to the doctor.right now, our workers are not thinking of prevention,they're thinking of survival,so we have to be here in the fields,we have to bring the information to the fields.[man] did you decide to get the vaccine today?- [speaking in spanish]- register them at the fields, have the clinics in the fields,and work with the growers so they could go get vaccinatedduring work hours so they don't feel they're losing outon working. - [speaking in spanish]- [speaking in spanish]a lot of workers were asking questions about what they'rehearing in the community as for the chip,or if it's true that if they get vaccinated,they're not gonna have any more kidsor they're gonna lose... they may change this is very common, so we work debunkinga lot of the myths. we want to make surethat our community is protected,and we're using vaccination as a method to save lives.- [speaking in spanish][ramos] in florida, a state with nearly 800.000 undocumentedimmigrants, vaccines were not easy to get.- for our patients and the people we serve,it hasn't been equitable.most of the people that come here have been workingin the fields, in the nurseries,the restaurants, groceries stores.they didn't have the privilege to isolate,they couldn't stop working,they had to feed their families.[ramos] more than 150.000 farmworkers live in florida,responsible for nearly 20.000 covid cases.- at one time we had about 40% of the people we testeddidn't have symptoms. forty percent.and they were going out because they had for them to be able to come and get their vaccine herewas wonderful for them, because they know us and they trust us,because we wanted to make surethat the hardest-to-reach people had that opportunityto get those appointments and come.- [najera speaking in spanish]- [speaking in spanish][speaking in spanish][ramos] at one point, new york city was the epicenterof the pandemic in the united states,and no section was hit harder than far rockaway,a community of 67.000, and heavily the city is bringing vaccines to them.ten buses are providing doses to areas hardest to reach.- [man speaking in spanish]- [speaking in spanish][speaking in spanish]♪[music]♪ ♪♪ ♪

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