Mexican Consulate hosts COVID-19 vaccination clinic for underserved areas

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Mexican Consulate on Tuesday hosted a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the Latino community.

The Consulate, along with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and City Councilwoman Olivia Diaz, welcomed 250 people age 65 and older who made appointments in advance for the vaccinations.

Officials said they want to get as many Latinos as possible vaccinated so that the community that has been hit the hardest with COVID-19 can get back on its feet. Consul Julián Escutia Rodríguez was at the event — the Consulate’s first vaccine clinic.

Many Latinos said they were a bit nervous about getting the vaccine, but once it was over they felt a huge relief. Now they are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated.

Las Vegas valley resident Martin Kettenhofen got his first COVID-19 vaccine at the clinic.

“Very easy. Very easy,” he said. “Very easy. I had my appointment at 10 a.m. I got here right at 10 a.m. and I went in immediately and I was out in 20 minutes.”

Kettenhofen said after speaking with his brother, who is a doctor in Mexico, and also a friend who referred him to the Mexican Consulate, he decided to make his appointment. Now he is glad he did.

“It’s going to help me keep my health in good shape in case I get the COVID, which is a possibility. It will be not so hard on me,” Kettenhofen said.

“I think the government is doing a good job. They are trying very hard. It’s a lot of people and I think it’s becomming more and more common,” he said.

As for the process, he described it as very simple, friendly and easy.

“Everybody is very kind. Very careful, very clean,” he said.

He also said it didn’t hurt, and he did not feel nauseous or sick afterward.

“I think it’s an opportunity. It’s a gift that we are receiving and that we shouldn’t let it go,” he said.

Diana DePablo agreed. She brought her mother to get vaccinated.

“I feel more comfortable for my mom because she feels calm and optimistic,” DePablo said.

Her message: “Don’t be scared. It’s better we protect our community.”

Officials remind that it’s important to do your part even after getting your first vaccine. Wear a mask. Also, they want everyone to know the vaccine is free of charge, and there are no immigration questions at these sites.

For more information on the Consulate vaccination program, see the Consulate of Mexico website, as well as the website that arranged appointments for this clinic.

The Consulate is at 823 S. 6th St., just northeast of the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Las Vegas Boulevard.

According to the City of Las Vegas, 250 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were provided for the clinic.

The clinic is ran from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

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