UW Health doctor helping boost vaccination rates in Latinx community

MADISON, Wis. — Dane County has the strongest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Wisconsin for the Latinx community, and a UW Health physician has had a big hand in that effort.

By day, Dr. Patricia Téllez-Girón is a primary care provider at UW Health, taking care of her patients in the Madison area at the Wingra Family Medical Center.

But in her spare time, she’s helped lead the charge for vaccinating her community against the virus, even getting her mother involved.

“We basically gave our home number to the community, they call one place to speak Spanish,” Dr. Téllez-Girón said. “They can call 7 in the morning, they can call Saturday, Sunday, any time, and they know when they call and talk to her, they can talk about other resources.”

About 56% of Dane County’s Latinx population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the highest percentage among that community in Wisconsin.

Statewide, only about 37% of the Latinx population has received one dose. The nationwide rate among the Latinx community is similar, at 39%.