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Calumet County vaccination clinic hoping to reach the area Latino community

Lupita's Mexican Market in Chilton hosts free community clinic
Calumet County vaccination clinic hoping to reach the area Latino community
Posted at 11:29 AM, Jul 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-18 01:02:40-04

CHILTON (NBC 26) — The push to get more people across Wisconsin vaccinated is intensifying as community leaders continue to find creative ways in bringing vaccines directly to the people.

On Saturday in efforts to help more Latinos get vaccinated a free community clinic was held at Lupita’s Mexican Market in Chilton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Everyone was welcomed ages 12 and up.

Calumet County vaccination clinic hoping to reach the area Latino community

No appointments were necessary and walk-in’s were welcomed.

Calumet County vaccination clinic hoping to reach the area Latino community

No identifications were needed and proof of health insurance was not required to receive the shot.

Calumet County vaccination clinic hoping to reach the area Latino community

EMS was also be on site for anyone with previous allergic reactions who have been turned away from other clinics can safely receive their vaccine at the event.

Calumet County vaccination clinic hoping to reach the area Latino community

The owner of Fast Taco/Lupita's Mexican Market shares why he opened his doors to host this clinic.

“To be available for the community that doesn’t speak that much English so they can come here. They probably have more trust to be here because they know us, they know that we are here you know so they believe in this," said Jesus Cruz.

Calumet County vaccination clinic hoping to reach the area Latino community

An organizer with Casa Alba Melanie was also on site. She said Calumet County has a growing population of Latinos working in the dairy industry.

“They get up early they milk the cows and it doesn’t matter the kinds of temperatures. Right now it’s beautiful weather but sometimes they’re here when it’s minus 40 and they’re still milking the cow. So hardworking people, a lot of Hispanics working in the dairy farms and I think the owners of the farms are very thankful to the Hispanic population,” said Elizabeth Kostichka.

With the Latino community behind on getting vaccinated, Kostichka said having the vaccination clinic on a weekend works best for many working in the dairy industry.

For those who complete the vaccine series, a $10 value gift card were be given as an incentive. People could receive either a $10 voucher for Lupita's Mexican Market or $10 for fuel.

Calumet County vaccination clinic hoping to reach the area Latino community
Calumet County vaccination clinic hoping to reach the area Latino community

Lupita's Mexican Market will be hosting another vaccination clinic on August 7.

The address is 503 N Madison Street in Chilton.

Calumet County vaccination clinic hoping to reach the area Latino community

Everyone is welcomed from all walks of life.