By Local 5 News

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders face barriers when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, as do many other minorities. 

According to the Filipino American Society of Iowa, language is probably the biggest barrier for minorities accessing vaccine appointments.

That’s why they’re bringing in interpreters for at least five different languages to help at the clinic. 

Otherwise, organizers Luisita Thompson and Larry McBurney told Local 5 there’s a different barrier to break. 

“I think with the social climate that we have right now, we have a lot of groups within the AAPI community that don’t want to go into social settings with people [who] aren’t similar to them,” McBurney said. 

“We want them to take advantage of this free opportunity, and again, our main target is to reach out to the special population: Asian communities, Asian American, Pacific Islanders, immigrants and refugees, low income, non-English speakers, ” said Thompson. “I mean, minority groups. We’re here to help.” 

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