*The Alliance thanks the Orange County Health Care Agency for all photos and b-roll content used in the making of this video
New research from the Williams Institute shows that people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ), especially people of color, are more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 and more likely to have underlying conditions that could make them severely ill. Many LGBTQ people, particularly transgender, gender nonconforming (GNC), and gender nonbinary (GNB) people of color, may have access barriers or trust barriers when it comes to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. This is often due to a history of discrimination within the medical system and a lack of safe, affirming spaces for transgender, GNC and GNB people to receive medical services.
The Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) has focused their mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic efforts on communities most disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on transgender, GNC and GNB residents, specifically residents of color, OCHCA co-led a mobile vaccination clinic event with their community partner, Alianza Translatinx. The event was designed to foster an inclusive space, free of discrimination or judgement to ensure transgender, GNC and GNB residents felt safe and comfortable receiving the vaccine. From registration, to vaccination, to observation, the partners took intentional steps to create an affirming and welcoming space. Thanks to in-person and online outreach efforts from partners like Alianza Translatinx, they were able to administer over 250 vaccines to community residents, the majority of whom were members of the Orange County transgender, GNC, and GNB community. OCHCA and their partners plan to build on the success of this event in order to reach more disproportionately impacted transgender residents throughout Orange County.