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Hmong Institute to host COVID-19 vaccine clinic for Southeast Asian senior citizens

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Hmong Institute will work with the Benevolent Specialists Project to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to Southeast Asian adults 65 and older Tuesday, in order to keep an underserved community vaccinated.

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According to a news release from Hmong Institute CEO Peng Her, many older people in the Southeast Asian community do not have Internet access and cannot call to set up vaccination appointments due to language barriers.

Those who do have Internet are subject to COVID-19 misinformation campaigns on social media, which convince many elders that it's unsafe to go to a hospital in order to get vaccinated.

"By being a vaccine site, The Hmong Institute is making the vaccine accessible to more Hmong and Southeast Asian community members because they are getting the vaccine in a location that is familiar, trusted, and have bilingual staff and Hmong nurses," the release said. "Hmong nurses from the Hmong Nurses Association will be available to answer questions or concerns elders may have."

The clinic is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to noon March 9 at the Life Center, 4402 Femrite Drive, Madison.

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Peter Culver

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