National City Mayor Rolls Up Her Sleeve For COVID-19 Vaccine
Friday, November 13, 2020
Photo by Matthew Bowler
The search for a breakthrough COVID-19 vaccine continues and National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis wants to be a part of that search.
Sotelo-Solis joined the UC San Diego Health and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial on Friday, National Kindness Day.
“This morning I will be joining a cohort of 2,000 individuals regionally and 60,000 nationally who have volunteered to find a vaccine for COVID 19,” she said.
She hopes that by receiving the vaccine, the citizens of National City will trust the science and look forward to participating when a vaccine is available.
“COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives and I want to demonstrate that I trust the science," Sotelo-Solis said in a statement. "And in this Phase III vaccine trial, I willingly participate as a Latina, mom, wife, daughter, cancer survivor and proud leader from a working-class community that has been disproportionately impacted by this contagious virus. I will be part of the solution.”
The South Bay has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19, with National City having one of the highest case rates in the county, according to the County of San Diego’s COVID-19 data.
Dr. Katherine Promer with UC San Diego Health said they hope the National City vaccine trial site will “get more of a representative population, so maybe a higher Hispanic community than other sites.”
The trial, which is expected to last two years, is emphasizing participation in underserved communities, particularly those of color, as they have had higher rates of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19.
For her part, Sotelo-Solis will monitor her reaction to the vaccine and share her experience with health experts in the days to follow.
KPBS reporter Jacob Aere contributed to this report.
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