Seven community partners help vaccinate some of our youngest Central Texans

a boy getting vaccinated pets a therapy dog

When the CDC first recommended the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 in early November, United Way for Greater Austin jumped into action alongside seven of our community partners to vaccinate children across our Central Texas region. To date, we have vaccinated over 3,000 children, and will continue our efforts through June 2022.

Since Spring 2021, United Way has partnered with St. David’s Foundation and Austin Community Foundation to support 19 community-based organizations with funding to address COVID-19 vaccine confidence and equitable access among people with low income, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and other groups that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Now, seven of our partners in 2022—including VaxTogetherAustin, Eikon Church, Where We Thrive, Central Texas Allied Health, Latino Health Care Forum, Hays Latinos United, and COVAC Ops—are focused on vaccinating children through pediatric clinics by partnering with school districts across Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, and Hays counties.

Our partners have worked tirelessly to provide the best vaccination experience for parents and children, with strategies like VaxTogetherAustin’s onsite therapy dogs to help kids stay calm.

A young girl getting vaccinated pets a therapy dog

We know that successful and equitable deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine is the most hopeful path to economic recovery, educational re-engagement, and re-emergence of cultural life. 

Here are three ways YOU can help advance vaccine equity:

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