Universidad Popular continues working to ensure our community can access COVID-19 Vaccines

Universidad Popular has played an unprecedented, unique, and life-saving role in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic that disproportionately impacted Latinxs, immigrants, limited English speakers, women and working-class families who are overrepresented in essential and frontline economic sectors in San Diego County. Leveraging organizational expertise of legal and political systems and structures, experience navigating government agencies and policies and extensive network across sectors made it possible to organize and coordinate collaborations and partnerships to create a rapid outreach, education, and vaccination response system that has reached nearly 20,000 community members across North County. 

For the past ten months Universidad Popular has been busy ensuring every community member in our region who wants a COVID-19 vaccine has access to it. We have been leading advocacy efforts with elected and county officials to bring resources into our North County region, conducting community education with our family, friends and neighbors in the hardest hit neighborhoods to empower community members to receive the life-saving vaccine, and co-hosting over one hundred vaccination events across North County and in targeted communities such as San Marcos, Escondido and Pauma Valley.

This work is done in collaboration with our partners including Cal Fire Operation Collaboration, Neighborhood Health, TruCare, MACC Project, The Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, San Marcos Unified School District, the City of San Marcos, the City of Escondido, Escondido Elementary School District, Escondido World Marketplace, Pauma Valley Community Center, Alianza Comunitaria, San Ysidro Health, South Bay Community Services, and San Diego County Health and Human Services. 

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¡Felicidades to our Co-Director Maria Nunez!

¡Felicidades to our Co-Director, Maria Nuñez, for being recognized as the 2021 Attorney of the Year by the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association!. She will be honored at this year’s SDLRLA Scholarship Fund Annual Gala in the company of hundreds of esteemed judges, attorneys, elected city, state and federal officials, and community leaders on November 30, 2021, at The Guild Hotel in downtown San Diego.

Maria is among the strongest leaders in the Latinx community advancing equity and social justice. We are proud of her for all her accomplishments but most of all for her compassion, leadership, and unrelenting advocacy on behalf of our community!

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Our fight against COVID-19 continues

We are still in a pandemic and many of our family members, friends, and neighbors have not had equitable access to vaccines against COVID-19.

So far, 72.7% of San Diego County residents have received at least one dose and 56.1% are fully vaccinated. However, hard to reach communities (Latinx, immigrant, Spanish-speaking with lower access to technology) who live in select neighborhoods in Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido, have vaccination rates under 50%. 

Universidad Popular in collaboration with Cal Fire Operation Collaboration, San Diego County, San Marcos Unified School District and Escondido World Marketplace is co-hosting these up-coming vaccination clinics:

Saturday July 10 9am - 2pm San Marcos Elementary 1 Tiger Way
San Marcos, CA 92069
Sunday July 11 8am - 3pm Escondido Worldmarket Place 635 W. Mission Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
Saturday July 30 9am - 2pm San Marcos Elementary 1 Tiger Way
San Marcos, CA 92069


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Community Conversation with District Attorney Summer Stephan

Join Universidad Popular for a virtual discussion with San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan and learn about the role of the San Diego County District Attorney's Office and its impact on our everyday lives.

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Vaccination Clinics In Escondido

Do you still need your vaccine against COVID-19 or know someone who does? 

We can help you! 

Universidad Popular in collaboration with Cal Fire Operation Collaboration, San Diego County and Escondido World Marketplace is hosting vaccination clinics in Escondido on the following days:

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COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Escondido

Universidad Popular in collaboration with Palomar Health, the Office of Supervisor Terra Lawson- Remer, San Marcos City Councilmember Maria Nuñez, Escondido World Marketplace, and Salud Sin Fronteras will be offering free vaccines to San Diego County residents on Sunday, May 16, 2021 from 9am to 2pm inside the Escondido World Marketplace (Escondido World Marketplace 635 W Mission Ave. Escondido, CA 92025).

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We joined the efforts to #GetToImmunity

Universidad Popular is firmly committed to ensuring that everyone in our community has access to a vaccine. Continuing to inform, educate and motivate our friends, family, and neighbors to follow safety guidelines and to get vaccinated are important steps in the effort to overcome this pandemic that has disproportionately impacted Latinx, immigrants, frontline essential workers, and many more vulnerable members in our communities.

We are continuously assessing, monitoring, and advocating for equity in COVID-19 relief and recovery strategies. Our team is present in meeting rooms with decision makers and on the ground providing vaccine education to community members in their language. We are growing partnerships and coalitions with county officials to vaccinate hard to reach and vulnerable members of our community including farmworkers to ensure that together we #GetToImmunity

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Black and Brown Frontline Workers Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19 in San Diego County

Universidad Popular and the Employee Rights Center invite all our partners to join us for a meeting to learn about COVID-19 Workplace Outreach Project (CWOP),  a statewide educational campaign, with the focus of reaching frontline workers and employers disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 to provide information and resources on COVID-19 safety guidance, vaccination, and workers’ rights.

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Going Back to Basics

Almost a year ago the world came to a complete halt as the worst pandemic in over one hundred years ravaged our communities altering what we do and how we do it at home, schools, work sites, medical facilities, businesses, recreation facilities, places of worship and every other place where we interact with one another. 

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Universidad Popular Continues Fighting for True Representative Democracy

Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 ordering the Secretary of Commerce to exclude undocumented immigrants from being included in the apportionment process.

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