December 23, 2021

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PHOTO RELEASE: Maryland Department of Health co-hosts successful COVID-19 vaccination clinic and food distribution event for Hispanic community in Upper Marlboro

Organizers also distributed free at-home COVID-19 test kits to families

Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and community partner Centro de Apoyo Familiar (CAF), along with host church Ministerio Edificando Las Familias, last night provided COVID-19 vaccinations and free at-home Abbott BinaxNOW antigen self-test kits, along with fresh food for the upcoming holidays, to members of the Upper Marlboro community.  


MDH and its partners Centro de Apoyo Familiar and Ministerio Edificando Las Familias distributed hundreds of at-home test kits at the event. 

Volunteers worked alongside MDH’s mobile vaccination unit to distribute bags of food, COVID-19 safety information in English and Spanish, and the test kits.

Dr. Mark Martin, deputy director of the MDH Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, visited the clinic to highlight MDH’s ongoing focus on working with partners in the Hispanic community to encourage vaccination, testing, and safety precautions during the upcoming holiday season and winter. 

“We are in the midst of a surge in cases across Maryland, and community clinics like these are incredibly important so that families can have local access to COVID-19 vaccines, boosters, and tests,” said Dr. Martin. “Our partnership with Centro de Apoyo Familiar and Ministerio Edificando Las Familias allows us the opportunity to not only help distribute food to those in need, but also offer valuable COVID-19 services to this community.”  

Dr. Mark Martin joined Pastor Gerardo Martinez from Ministerio Edificando Las Familias at the community event. 

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