Francis Basebang jumped at the chance to help organize a pop-up clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations at his Dallas parish. The nurse practitioner worried that his fellow parishioners from around the globe, Cameroon to Nigeria, Mexico to the Philippines, weren’t getting vaccinated against the dreaded disease fast enough.
He knew from direct experience. The coronavirus killed two family members of teammates on his beloved Cameroon immigrant soccer team.
COVID-19 combat isn’t over. Harder-to-reach communities, such as working-class immigrants and Blacks and Latinos, are now the focus of hospitals, churches, schools and community groups.
“We have seen people die in our community. So, it is not a strange story from a different planet,” said the lanky Basebang, dressed in his soccer T-shirt and cap, at a pop-up clinic at St. Pius X Catholic Church.