Courtesy of Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services via Twitter

Officials in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are working together to get Latino residents vaccinated against the coronavirus.

A total of 600 Latinos will get vaccinated each week at a special community clinic managed by Adventist Healthcare Rehabilitation in Takoma Park, according to a news release announcing the partnership.

CASA, a Maryland-based organization advocating for Latinos and immigrants, will sign up 300 Latinos in Prince George’s County and the “Our Health and Wellness” initiative will extend an invitation to 300 Latinos from Montgomery County.

“We need to make sure that we reach communities that have been hit especially hard by this virus,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “They need access to these life-saving vaccines.”

The partnership is part of an effort to make the vaccine available to communities that have experienced higher death tolls and lower vaccination rates. Leaders from both counties praise the effort.

“Our Latino community was hit particularly hard by the pandemic, so we are proud of this new initiative to further increase access to this lifesaving vaccine and ensure more residents can be proud to be protected from COVID-19,” said Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks.

Montgomery County Council member Nancy Navarro, a Latina, said the pandemic “has highlighted the need for closing the gaps in health care access in the long term and I hope that this good work will provide the foundation for a better future.”

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