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OC’s community organizations fight for coronavirus vaccines for vulnerable residents

Voice of OC, Feb. 4, 2021

February 4, 2021

OC’s community organizations fight for coronavirus vaccines for vulnerable residents

Dr. Shruti Gohil, an infectious disease doctor who treats virus patients at UC Irvine medical center, said the county’s outbreaks last year came from the hardest hit areas and spread to the rest of OC. “Back in March in Orange County, cases of COVID were clearly heaviest in the Latino community. Period. The vast majority of patients we were seeing in hospitals were from the Anaheim/Santa Ana area,” Gohil said in a Thursday phone interview. … “Now that the vaccine is here, the best chance we have at limiting spread is the same as testing, which is to vaccinate where the hardest hit communities are.”