Power of Peers – Equitable Vaccinations
Spotlight on iFoster, an AmeriCorps Program
June 23, 2021
This year, iFoster has focused its TAY AmeriCorps program to address the inequity of vaccinations in California. TAY AmeriCorps members are either current or former foster youth themselves and have played an essential role during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In May, TAY AmeriCorps members, in supervision by iFoster, managed vaccine hotlines of 3 clinics. They also provide a dedicated hotline for LA County child welfare – foster youth, caregivers, agencies, and social workers. In 6 weeks, TAY AmeriCorps members fielded 5,795 calls and scheduled 1,406 vaccination appointments.
iFoster has also partnered with LA Department of Children and Family Services to have TAY AmeriCorps Members help with vaccine hesitancy. In Los Angeles County, only 20% of Black youth and 32% of Hispanic youth have received at least one dose compared to 56% of white youth. A dedicated vaccine line for child welfare is now staffed by TAY AmeriCorps members.
“It’s truly an honor to provide vaccine equity with TAY AmeriCorps, and I’m looking forward to scheduling more vaccination appointments. I’m very proud of each and every one of us.” – TAY AmeriCorps Member
For more information on the iFoster TAY AmeriCorps efforts to support equitable vaccinations in California, click here.