A health worker inoculates a woman at the consulate. Photo: Mexican Consulate

As part of an ongoing collaboration with Emory University and the Fulton County Board of Health and community nonprofits, the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta administered 450 COVID-19 vaccines March 20 during its second “pop-up” clinic in as many months. 

Out of the 450 Pfizer jabs, 199 were second doses for those who received the first shot at the consulate’s first such event Feb. 27. 

Consul General Javier Diaz de Leon, left, and Luis Gonzalez, consul for economic and political affairs, talk at the clinic.

The clinic was aimed at residents over 65 or those over 55 with conditions that affect their immune systems; it was held a few days before Georgia opened up the vaccine availability to all adults over 16 on March 24. Emory ran the vaccination process, while the Community Organized Relief Effort, or CORE, provided logistical help. 

Some 10 percent of Georgia’s population — more than a million people — is Hispanic, with Mexicans or Mexican-Americans making up about half of that number. 

To promote better health outcomes among the community, including the more than 10,000 people who visit the consulate each month for identification cards or passports, the consulate offers a Ventanilla de Salud, or Health Window,  in partnership with the Latino Community Fund of Georgia. 

Since the pandemic began, the consulate has also partnered with Emory and CORE to provide testing for COVID-19 to more than 6,000 people. 

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...