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gov. Gavin Newsom updates the mission’s Covid-19 strategy

Governor Gavin Newsom arrived at the corner of 24th Street and Capp Street Monday morning to prioritize boosters and celebrate community-based partnerships.

The site was chosen for a purpose: The mission-driven partnership with UC San Francisco, known as Unidos and Salud/United in Health, has become a model for science-led science and community service testing, vaccinations and resources.

“I had the privilege of visiting sites large and small all over the state of California, and you know when sites are distinguished by their excellence,” Newsom said. “This is one of those sites that does the important work we’re promoting here.”

And the numbers spoke for themselves. “On this site, we have offered more than 40,000 vaccines, 4,000 boosters, 700 pediatric vaccines and more than 60,000 tests,” said Susana Rojas, executive director of Calle 24 Latino Cultural District and communications chair of the Latino Task Force.

“This is a true representation of what happens when the community and the scientific minds come together to provide services with dignity, love and respect…when community comes first,” Rojas said.

Funded primarily through private donations and heavy fundraising by UCSF for months, Unidos and Salud has supported more than 7,000 families with Covid-19-related and other comprehensive services.

In the past year, the San Francisco Department of Public Health has stepped in to fund the Alabama Street Resource hub and has become a model for city-funded hubs in the Bayview and the Excelsior that provide food aid and other on-site services such as provide assistance in completing applications for rent and unemployment benefits.

It was more congratulations from Secretary of State Scott Wiener, who also had a hand in the effort from the start. “You’ve saved lives and improved people’s lives,” he said, addressing the Latino Task Force and their partner representatives, including UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, Dr. Diane Havlir, the UCSF study leader, Dr. Joe DeRisi of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, which provided early and frequent free testing services, and Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

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