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Lessons from Alameda County’s Emergency Vaccination Program

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Time: 3:00 PM ET

COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing infection from SARS-CoV-2. At association member Alameda Health System (AHS), in Oakland, Calif., equitable vaccine distribution has been challenging, with appointment-based vaccination programs disproportionately serving white and Asian patients. African American and Latinx patients, who have a higher burden of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19, received vaccines at lower rates throughout Alameda County and the state of California.   

Emergency departments (EDs) act as a medical and social safety net and, in Alameda County, serve a diverse patient population that is particularly vulnerable to health effects of COVID-19. To improve equitable access to vaccines in Alameda County, the health system offered COVID-19 vaccines to ED patients. Participants heard how they launched the program and lessons learned from vaccinating patients in this nontraditional setting.


Evan Rusoja, MD, PhD
Attending Physician, Emergency Department 
Medical Director, Acute Care Health Outcomes 
Alameda Health System

Mini Swift, MD, MPH
Vice President, Population Health
Alameda Health System  

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