Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) remains at the forefront of the pandemic. As the first organization to offer drive-through COVID-19 testing in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, CHI is proud to also offer COVID-19 vaccination services.
The non-profit health care company has vaccinated more than 6,300 people in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. What is unique about CHI’s approach is two-fold. First, CHI has been reaching out to underserved patients and community members with no health insurance and few resources. Secondly, the federally qualified health center has utilized its outreach team and mobile medical van to go into public housing complexes, community parks, and even homeless encampments to vaccinate those who need it.
“We have always believed that healthcare should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income, race or class,” said Col. Brodes H. Hartley, CHI’s CEO. “Our vaccination efforts have worked to ensure the most vulnerable populations are reached along with everyone else. It’s what we do. We have been putting patient care first for 50 years.”
Minorities have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and CHI has pushed to ensure those populations do not get left behind. Among those vaccinated by CHI, 46 percent were Hispanic, and 25 percent were Black.
CHI continues to offer the COVID-19 vaccine for free to anyone. To make a vaccination appointment go to www.chisouthfl.org or call (786) 272-2100.