This article focuses on the efforts of the Coachella Valley Equity Collaborative, which helped address vaccine misinformation, promoted vaccine clinics, and helped overcome barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations for farmworkers. It discusses the need to meet people where they are and addresses obstacles to vaccination, such as reliable transportation, language barriers, internet access, and vaccine hesitancy.
Vaccination is one of public health’s most successful tools for preventing and controlling the spread of infectious diseases and, increasingly, cancers and chronic diseases too. Immunization is an effective and cost-efficient strategy that prevents sickness and death in all age groups and saves billions of dollars each year. The COVID-19 epidemic and recent outbreaks of measles and other preventable infectious diseases underscore the importance of vaccines and sustaining high vaccination rates. Work is needed to ensure that people of all ages receive a complete series of the vaccines they need.