India Post News Service
CHINO HILLS, Calif.: As the scientific community and public officials have emphasized, widespread vaccination is an essential pillar of battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Partnerships between vaccine providers and community organizations are integral to bringing the vaccine to as many people as possible. Throughout the country, we have seen many non-traditional, unique locations converted into both COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites.
Whether it be sports arenas like Dodger Stadium, theme parks like Disneyland or other uncommon places like music venues, museums and airports, so many companies and organizations have stepped up to do their part. Together, BAPS Charities and Walmart stepped up to administer 450 vaccines at one of Southern California’s most unique locations, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Chino Hills, CA.
Greeted by the beauty and splendor of the mandir, a traditional stone carved Hindu temple, eligible community members, age 16 and older took a major step forward toward ending this pandemic. The mandir served as a unique and calming backdrop for community members both nervous and excited to put the worst of this pandemic behind them by getting vaccinated.
James Lorenzana, a Chino Hills resident, got his vaccine at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. “We just found out about this clinic from our neighbor, she saw the Mayor’s post on social media, and in 15 minutes we were here! It was so quick and painless. The whole process was so quick and efficient. Having it at this location was convenient. Thanks to the volunteers for serving the community.”
On a Saturday, 450 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered to members of the Southern California community. This is part of California’s larger effort to vaccinate anyone over 16 years of age.
Carolina Rojas, Field Representative for Congresswoman Young Kim joined BAPS Charities to thank the volunteers and observe the clinic, “This clinic was much needed for our community. On behalf of Congresswoman Young Kim, I want to thank BAPS Charities for serving the community during this time. Together, with events and collaborations like these, we can put the worst of the pandemic behind us. Close to 500 people will get their first dose today and your service is much appreciated.”
BAPS Charities is also a proud member of the White House’s Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Community Corps aiming to end this pandemic by boosting vaccine confidence, access and availability. BAPS Charities engaged through culturally relevant vaccine education, strong community partnerships, and equitable vaccine access.
Khoi Le, Market Manager for Walmart, led the efforts from the Walmart team. He applauded the volunteers and facility. “Thank you to BAPS Charities for hosting this clinic and opening up their beautiful facility for this vaccination clinic. Your volunteers, setup and organization are instrumental in the success of these clinics. We have heard so much great feedback from the vaccine recipients who are leaving with a warm smile on their face and in awe of the splendor of the location. We at Walmart appreciate your partnership.”
BAPS Charities was joined by a robust team of Walmart pharmacy staff, Carolina Rojas from Congresswoman Young Kim’s Office, Nathan Bass from California State Senator Josh Newman’s Office, Chino Hills Mayor Brian Joshz, and firefighters from the Chino Valley Independent Fire District.
Through the Walmart Pharmacy staff’s professional support, participants were guided through the registration process, received their vaccinations, and were provided post-vaccination care. BAPS Charities volunteers played an essential role in ensuring that the vaccinated patients had a pleasant and smooth experience. In particular, the volunteers assisted in providing socially distanced flow, sanitization protocols, and translation services.