The Hmong Institute hosts COVID-19 vaccination center for Hmong, Southeast community

Hmong Institute hosts covid-19 vaccine clinic

MADISON, Wis. — The Hmong Institute is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination center to provide easy access to the shot for Hmong and Southeast Asians.

Since the start, the pandemic has brought to light the healthcare disparities and inequities people of color experience. Now, challenges are showing up in vaccine administration.

“We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has really had an impact on our community. Health disparities were amplified because of that,” according to Peng Her, CEO of The Hmong Institute. “We want to do our part and make sure everyone is vaccinated, really our Hmong and Southeast Asian community members.”

The Hmong Institute partnered with Access Community Health Centers, the Hmong Medical Association and the Hmong Nurse association to administer vaccines Saturday.

According to Goua Vang, receiver of the COVID-19 vaccine, finding an appointment has been difficult.

Today is my first dose and it feels great,” said Vang. “Maybe a little anxiety but it feels great.”

Whether its been timing or language and cultural barriers, organizers say its been challenging for their community to access the shot. 

“By providing this site here, allows them to come here and get a shot as well as coming to a place they know and trust,” said Her. 

More information can be found here.