Amazon Studios, the film division of the retail giant, and Carbon Health, a health technology startup, are teaming up to host pop-up vaccination clinics in New York City and Los Angeles.
The effort kicked off in the Big Apple on July 8, when Amazon Studios launched a clinic at St John’s Bread & Life, a nonprofit that serves Brooklyn and Queens.
The first scheduled pop-up clinics in Los Angeles are on July 17 and 18.
The clinics are being established in an effort to deliver the vaccines to underserved populations, including communities of color and poorer areas in the two cities.
Amazon Studios and Carbon Health join forces to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics in underserved communities in New York City and Los Angeles (File photo)
“Amazon Studios first partnered with Carbon Health’s teams at the start of the pandemic in early 2020 and since then we’ve seen firsthand their commitment to helping all communities fight COVID-19,” Jennifer Salke, Amazon Studios CEO, said in a statement to the Hollywood reporter.
“As we enter this pivotal moment in the pandemic, we want to join forces to bring vaccinations to the locations where they are most needed.”
The clinics plan to distribute about 150 doses of the Moderna vaccine each day.
Carbon Health previously partnered with the office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LA Fire Department to assist with a massive vaccination site at Dodgers Stadium.
Now it’s partnering with Amazon to expand those efforts.
“We are proud to expand our partnership with Amazon Studios to reach under-vaccinated communities, such as homeless people served by Bread & Life,” said Dr. Sujal Mandavia, Carbon Health’s Chief Medical Officer, said in a statement.
Carbon Health also previously worked with Amazon to help members of the studio’s cast and crew get vaccinated.
Carbon Health previously partnered with LA officials to set up a massive vaccine clinic at Dodger Stadium, pictured here in January 2021
“Over the past year, Carbon Health has joined forces with Amazon Studios to bring mobile COVID-19 testing clinics to 12 production sites, making it easier for cast and crew to continue operating during the pandemic,” Mandavia continued.
The company has helped distribute more than 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and 1.4 million COVID tests nationwide in partnership with local governments and nonprofit organizations, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Increasing access to vaccines to help the remaining unvaccinated Americans have become a major effort in recent weeks.
Currently, just over two-thirds of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and about 58 percent are fully vaccinated.
The Indian ‘Delta’ variant, a more contagious strain of the virus that originated in the South Asian country, has begun to spread across the country and is now the country’s dominant strain.
Many, especially in the rural areas of the Midwest and Southeast, are still unvaccinated.
President Joe Biden encouraged Americans to get vaccinated at a news conference on Tuesday, announcing that his administration would work to bring vaccines to people in their communities — even going door-to-door as needed.
“Right now, as I speak to you, millions of Americans are still unvaccinated and unprotected. And thus their communities are in danger, their friends are in danger. The people they care about are at risk,” Biden said.
The president had previously set a goal of having 70 percent of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4, which the country has failed to achieve.
Some in the inner city have also struggled to get vaccinated, particularly in black and Latino communities, as they are sometimes unvaccinated. assigned the necessary supplies to meet demand.
Amazon and Carbon Health hope to close the gap, though they aren’t the only ones trying to do so in LA.
7 Stars Holistic Healing Center, a cannabis dispensary that previously gave away products worth up to $30 for just a cent, is hosting a walk-in vaccination clinic also this weekend.