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Governor Newsom Visits TVHC

TVHC COVID-19 Updates

Governor Gavin Newsom Visits
TVHC Union City Vaccination Site

 April 21, 2021 

On Thursday, April 15, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom visited the TVHC Union City COVID vaccination site at Our Lady of the Rosary Church for a tour with CEO Andrea Schwab-Galindo.

During the tour, Governor Newsom discussed vaccine equity with Andrea and chatted with patients before giving a press conference announcing California’s new COVID vaccine guidelines.

“There is a lot of focus on the mass vaccinations sites, but the backbone of our vaccine delivery system is community clinics like this,” said Governor Newsom during the press conference.

Since January 2021, TVHC has opened vaccination clinics in Union City, Hayward, and San Leandro, and as of this week, has passed the 48,000 mark for COVID vaccinations. A large feat for a small community health center.

TVHC established the vaccine site located at Our Lady of the Rosary Church back in early March in partnership with the Alameda County Fire Department, the Hayward Fire 

Department, and the City of Union City. TVHC made the move to Our Lady of the Rosary to help accommodate the large number of patients and community members signing up to be vaccinated.

“We can create these partnerships and form leadership in our community because we know our community best, and they trust us,” said TVHC CEO Andrea Schwab-Galindo. “Community health centers can do both volume and equity.”


This past year has been significantly challenging for our patients and community members, who the pandemic has disproportionately impacted.  TVHC is grateful for Governor Newsom’s visit and for recognizing the critical role that health centers play in addressing inequities and improving access to care for our community’s most vulnerable populations.

With the investment made by the state and county, TVHC will continue to work hard and use these resources to protect the health and wellness of our community, making sure to achieve both volume and equity during these uncertain times.

The call for equity and social justice has been at the forefront of the pandemic, a call that community health centers have answered and acted upon for decades and will continue to respond to with urgency and culturally competent care.

“Community health centers can respond rapidly to the ever-evolving systems that don’t always include the people that need it the most,” said Andrea. “We are resilient.”

To watch the entire press conference from Governor Gavin Newsom’s visit, please click the video below.

TVHC Vaccine Update

TVHC COVID-19 Updates

TVHC Administers 25,000 Vaccines in
First 60 Days of COVID Vaccine Clinic

 March 17, 2021 

Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (TVHC) has administered 25,000 COVID vaccinations since January 18, 2021, a large feat for a community health center where the majority of its patients live in COVID-19 hot spots.

Over 70% of the weekly 4,300 doses are being administered to patients and community members who belong to ethnic minority groups that have been most affected by the pandemic.

“Through our partnerships, like the one we have with the Hayward Fire Department, we have been able to reach the most vulnerable in the communities where they reside,” said TVHC CEO Andrea Schwab-Galindo.

TVHC uses a variety of methods to reach its patients, most who are living at or below the poverty line, are underinsured or uninsured, are non-English speaking, or are experiencing homelessness.

Since March 8th, TVHC Promotoras, a group of health educator volunteers, have reached over 850 families, going door-to-door, rain or shine, making sure patients and community members have access to the COVID vaccine.

“We have noticed that many people are having a hard time making appointments because of limited understanding of English, and use of the internet,” reported TVHC Community Empowerment Liason, Carolina Arroyo-Solveson.

From calling and texting patients who are eligible to receive the vaccine, answering questions and debunking myths, to partnering with fellow trusted community organizations, TVHC is doing the work to close the health disparity gap.

Not only is TVHC doing the extra outreach to help get high risk groups vaccinated, it is also simplifying the process.

“We are currently working on a rollout of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine and bringing it to our unsheltered community,” reported TVHC Chief Operation Executive, Caleb Sandford. “Getting vaccinated against this deadly disease should be easy. We’re making it easy.”

TVHC COVID vaccine clinic in San Leandro.
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