Daybreak PAC identifies vaccine equity gaps among Hunters Point seniors
SAN FRANCISCO - On Wednesday, the Daybreak Political Action Committee created by Jackie Fielder announced results from phone banking nearly four hundred seniors 65 and older in Hunters Point with resources and information about COVID-19 vaccination.
“About 22% of people we speak with still need support accessing a vaccine,” said Daybreak founder and Executive Director Jackie Fielder. “For those facing complex barriers, we’ve been able to connect them to dedicated case management through their District Supervisor.”
While the Department of Public Health lists the 94124 zip code as “above average” for per capita vaccinations, Daybreak’s vaccine equity phone banks have identified pockets where vaccination barriers remain.
“One of the issues is data,” said Róisín Isner, Daybreak PAC Political Director and lifelong resident of the Sunnydale-Towerside neighborhood in District 10. “The Department of Public Health presents vaccine distribution information by zip code, which fails to account for the significant community variation within zip codes. Little Hollywood is not the same as Hunters Point.”
Tomorrow, vaccine eligibility will widen to all San Franciscans over the age of 50, and on the 15th, all San Franciscans over the age of 16. Daybreak PAC plans to scale outreach to eligible San Franciscans in identified equity zones.
“We know that whenever resources become available, the most privileged people facing the lowest risk rush to the front of the line,” said Vanessa Pimentel, Organizing Director of Daybreak PAC and lifelong Bayview-Hunters Point resident. “In our most affected census tracts, nearly one in five people have tested positive for COVID. We need to make sure vaccines are getting to the people who need them most.”
“Self-advocacy in healthcare can be hugely challenging,” said Fielder. “The only way to identify people struggling to navigate barriers is through comprehensive outreach. Daybreak PAC is able to provide volunteer resources and technology to do that.”
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