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July 30, 2021

Vaccine clinics in Greenfield, Soledad reach out to area farmworkers

SALINAS VALLEY — Monterey County residents were able to get vaccinated with six sessions of a mass Covid-19 vaccination effort last weekend at Greenfield Memorial Hall and Soledad Community Center.

A total of 3,000 vaccine doses were distributed at the events, which were separate from the county’s weekly vaccine allocation.

The organizing partnership between Lideres Campesina en California, Vida Monterey County, United Farm Workers and the State of California meant outreach and scheduling efforts were focused on farmworkers, but organizers said they didn’t turn down anyone who was eligible.

Greenfield’s clinics were held on Saturday and Sunday, while the Soledad clinics spanned from Friday through Monday.

Irene de Barraicua, public relations manager for Lideres Campesinas, said the clinics met a growing need in the Salinas Valley for a community-based site. She explained outreach was focused on education, especially for those who may have been hesitant about getting a vaccine.

Rosemary Soto, a management analyst with Monterey County’s administrative office, said the partnership was one that the county would pursue as opportunities and resources allowed.

Staff from Lideres Campesina en California, Vida Monterey County, United Farm Workers and the State of California prepare to open Greenfield Memorial Hall for a mass Covid-19 vaccination clinic on April 10. (Sean Roney/Staff)
Sean Roney
Sean Roney is the reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.


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