“A certain patient was hesitant to get vaccinated but agreed to be scheduled for vaccination anyway. She arrived an hour early for her morning vaccination appointment but hesitated. The clinical staff, community health workers, and fellow patients tried to encourage her but she refused yet she did not leave the site. She sat and watched the other patients receive the vaccine and the CHW who speaks the same language and from the same culture continued to educate and reach out to her.
Finally, after over three hours of waiting, she decided to get vaccinated. After she got the vaccine, the staff and patients clapped, danced, sang, and cheered for the patient. It was a very happy moment. The same patient served as an encouragement to others in her community to receive the vaccine. This is an example of how a CHW makes a difference motivating and educating patients to receive the vaccine especially if they share the same culture and language.”
— Kalihi-Palama Health Center (June/July 2021)