Team members from the Maryland Department of Health at their booth at the Salvadoran Independence Festival on Sept. 12

By AFRO Staff

As new COVID cases continue to rise throughout the country and across the state of Maryland, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) conducted a free COVID-19 mobile clinic and vaccine outreach at the 16th Annual Salvadoran Independence Festival held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg on Sept. 12. 

The event is one of several statewide efforts for the equitable and convenient administration of COVID-19 vaccines by bringing them directly to vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities.

Community promoters sharing information with festival participants to encourage vaccination.

In addition to the mobile clinic, bilingual community canvassers shared educational material about the vaccine, available in English and Spanish, with festival attendees to encourage them to get vaccinated.

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This event is one of many statewide efforts to make the COVID-19 vaccine available and accessible to everyone.

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