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COVID-19 vaccine clinic for anyone 16+ Friday and Saturday

By Paul Ross | Apr 28, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Urban League is hosting a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic for anyone 16+ this Friday and Saturday on Main Street in Buffalo.

Increase in younger people hospitalized due to COVID-19

By: Jeff Slawson | Apr 22, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Current hospitalizations rates in Erie County, the highest since February, with younger people becoming a concern.

Local doctors argue case against COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

By Liz Lewin (WGRZ) | April 13, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — On Tuesday, the CDC and FDA announced a recommended pause of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after six women, between the ages of 18 and 48, reported rare blood clotting after receiving the vaccine.

What local medical expert is saying about J&J vaccine

“Remember it’s one in a million people to have this issue”
By Eileen Buckley | Apr 13, 2021

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — New federal recommendations call for an immediate pause of the Johnson & Johnson single use vaccine.

Buffalo Clinic Helps Native American Community get COVID-19 Vaccine

By WGRZ Staff | April 10, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Members of Western New York’s Native American community had another chance to get vaccinated in Buffalo on Saturday.

400 Attend Pop-Up Vaccination Site In Irving

By Anthony Dolce | April 9, 2021

IRVING — With COVID-19 vaccinations rolling out all over the country, accessibility to the vaccine can still be an issue, especially in rural areas. Thanks to the combined efforts of Dr. Raul Vazquez, president of Buffalo’s G-Health Enterprises, and J.C. Seneca, owner of Native Pride Travel Plaza, vaccinations were made more accessible.

Cuomo Announces 18 New Community-Based Pop-Up COVID Vaccination Sites

Will Reporting Vaccinations Help Employers get People Back to the Office?

By Tracey Drury – Reporter, Buffalo Business First | Apr 1, 2021, 6:00am EDT

Despite advances in technology during the pandemic, methods for tracking the virus and validating a vaccination have been surprisingly low-tech. New York’s new Excelsior Pass should help change that.

Jericho Road, Neighborhood Health and Other Community Health Sites to Get Another $18M to Fight COVID-19

By Tracey Drury – Reporter, Buffalo Business First | Mar 31, 2021

Community health centers with 20 sites across the region will get $18 million in new emergency funding to fight Covid-19.

COVID Vaccination Pop-Up Clinic to Serve Rural WNY Communities

COVID-19 Vaccination Pop-Up April 7 to Serve Seneca Nation, Surrounding Communities

By Anthony Reyes | Mar 31, 2021

IRVING, N.Y. (WKBW) — The JC Seneca Foundation and G-Health Enterprises will hold a COVID-19 vaccination pop-up on April 7.

Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Held in Downtown Buffalo

By WGRZ Staff | March 27, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The effort to get Western New Yorkers vaccinated continued Saturday with a state-run, one-day, pop-up site at the Durham Memorial Outreach Center in downtown Buffalo.

New York State Announces 1-day COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Buffalo

By WGRZ Staff | March 25, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Editors Note: The above image is a stock/file photo of vaccines. The image does not necessarily indicate which brand of vaccine will be distributed at this clinic.

Houses of Worship Apply to be Vaccine Sites

By: Hannah Buehler, WKBW | Mar 23, 2021

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — Houses of Worship can now apply to become vaccine hubs, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Some Primary Care Doctors Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine Allocations from State

By: Gilat Melamed | Mar 23, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Some doctors will be able to vaccinate their patients, according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He said this is the first time the state will give COVID-19 allocations directly to doctors.

New York State Expands Vaccine Eligibility

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Some doctors will be able to vaccinate their patients, according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He said this is the first time the state will give COVID-19 allocations directly to doctors.

Doctor Says Buffalo Vaccine Pop-up Clinic Promotes Equitable Healthcare

by: News 4 Staff | Mar 19, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — 500 COVID-19 vaccines were brought in for the clinic at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center.

Pop-up Vaccination Clinic at Northwest Buffalo Community Center Promotes Health Equity

By NICK LIPPA |  MAR 19, 2021

Another one-day pop-up vaccination clinic is open in Buffalo today for residents of the 14207 zip code. The Northwest Buffalo Community Center is distributing vaccines until 4 p.m. this afternoon.

In Buffalo, Healthcare Leaders Turn to the Community for Vaccination Uptake:

By Rajiv Leventhal | Mar 11th, 2021

A community-based healthcare organization and its affiliates serving the Buffalo, N.Y, region have leveraged referral application technology to streamline the entire vaccination process.

COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Persists in Communities of Color:

By Liz Lewin (WGRZ) | March 11, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It’s been three months since the first COVID vaccine was first available, and since then two other vaccines have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Do You #KnowYourVax?:

There’s a lot of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. So it’s critical that you get the facts from sources you can trust — like SUNY’s medical experts and trusted community leaders from across New York State. You can make a difference by talking to your friends and loved ones about the vaccine, calling out misinformation when you see it, and sharing trusted sources of information. Start by watching and sharing these PSAs from our SUNY experts.

COVID-19 Vaccine Disparity Addressed in Buffalo’s Black Rock, Riverside Neighborhoods:

By Jeff Preval | March19, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — After 2 On Your Side reported on the COVID-19 vaccine disparity in the Black Rock and Riverside areas of Buffalo, a pop-up clinic was held there Friday.

Doctor Says Buffalo Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic Promotes Equitable Healthcare:

By WIVB News 4 Staff | Mar 19, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — 500 COVID-19 vaccines were brought in for the clinic at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center.

Holon Solutions and G-Health Partner to Drive More Efficient COVID-19 Vaccination Sites for Underserved Populations

By Holon Solutionson | March 2, 2021

Referral technology empowers organization to streamline process to protect more patients in less time, fulfill its mission of improving the well-being of the community.

Several hundred Native Americans get vaccinated at Buffalo pop-up clinic:

Mike McAndrew | Feb 20, 2021

Organizers of a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinic expected to immunize more than 300 Native Americans from across Western New York on Saturday in Buffalo.

The event at the Native American Community Services headquarters on Grant Street was limited to Native Americans who meet the state’s vaccination eligibility guidelines or their employees.

Group, Buffalo physician provide COVID vaccine to Native Americans:

There’s still a huge disparity in the numbers when it comes to people of color. A local doctor and an organization are trying to get Native Americans their shot.

Pop-up vaccine clinic held in Buffalo for Native Americans:

by: News 4 Staff | Posted: Feb 20, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– One of Western New York’s more vulnerable and marginalized groups stepped in line to get the vaccine in Buffalo today.

The Native American Community Services held the vaccine pop-up for Native Americans.

Seneca Nation, Healthcare Providers Team Up to Protect Native Americans From COVID-19:


Members of the Seneca Nation are teaming up with regional health care providers to protect Native Americans from the coronavirus.

First Responders, Health Care Workers Receive COVID Vaccine; Some Still Leery

By Jeff Preval | WKBW | January 13, 2021

While COVID vaccine supplies are extremely limited, many health care workers and first responders are getting shot. Others still have concerns.

WNY Vaccine Hub Expands Leadership Team, Creates Health Equity Task Force

By   – Reporter, Buffalo Business First | January 8, 2021

The Western New York Vaccine Hub held its first meeting at noon Friday, with more than three dozen newly appointed advisers tapped as the WNY Health Equity Task Force.

Buffalo Doctor Requiring all Employees Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

By: Olivia Proia | WKBW | January 5, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Dr. Raul Vazquez is requiring all employees of GBUAHN and Urban Family Practice receive the COVID-19 vaccine. He says that means more than 200 individuals will receive the vaccine, out of which about 150 already have.

Colvin Cleaners Donates Winter Items to Urban Family Practice

By News 4 Staff | WIVB | December 22, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–Colvin Cleaners is continuing to give the gift of warmth to families in Western New York. President of Colvin Cleaners, Paul Biloni delivered 400 coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to Urban Family Practice on Niagara Street.

How Best to Prepare and Protect Yourself This Season

By Wendy Guild Swearingen, Senior Editor | Nov 30, 2020

Health has been top of mind for people around the globe since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic early this year. We’ve been wearing face masks in public, maintaining physical distance, and washing hands all spring and summer. Now, with cooler weather, folks will be spending more time inside. Flu season has the potential to further tax health resources, so we reached out to experts in medicine and public health to ask about best practices for staying safe and healthy. The good news? It’s in our control to help stop the spread.

Need a Free COVID-19 Test in Western New York? It May Take a Week To Get It

By: Jeff Slawson | WKBW | November 19, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As parts of Erie County have entered the Orange level of COVID-19 restrictions, many may be looking to get a test for the coronavirus through New York State. Those tests, which can be acquired at two different sites (Niagara County Community College and Key Bank Center parking lot) can be done for around 1100 people each day, and now are booked up until next week.



Dr. Raul Vazquez closed his Urban Family Practice clinic last week on the lower West Side. Now, he is employing mobile care units offering 13 Covid-19 rapid tests at one time…


WKBW | November 17, 2020

Through the success of the medical community, the death rate from COVID-19 has decreased. But maintaining that low mortality rate involves preventing hospital systems from becoming overwhelmed.

Local Medical Experts: Communities of Color Should be Next in Line for COVID-19 Vaccine

By Liz Lewin | WGRZ | November 16, 2020

Studies show that statistically, Black and Brown communities have been hit the hardest by COVID-19. As a result, skepticism around vaccines is growing.


WKBW | NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Three Buffalo doctors, all of different specialties, said they have learned a lot about COVID-19 since March. They say these lessons and treatments have led to a lower mortality rate…

As doctors cope with Covid spikes, businesses brace for possible ‘orange’ designation

Jonathan D. Epstein, Buffalo News| Mark Sommer Nov 15, 2020

Dr. Raul Vazquez closed his Urban Family Practice clinic last week on the lower West Side. Now, he is employing mobile care units offering 13 Covid-19 rapid tests at one time. The spread of Covid-19, Vazquez felt, left him little choice.

Where to Get a COVID-19 Test in WNY

By: Hannah Buehler | WKBW | November 12, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Tuesday, the Erie County Health Department made some changes to its COVID-19 testing criteria. Testing at a county site is only available to those who are currently under quarantine, or close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 positive patient. This goes into effect county-wide on Thursday.



Dr. Raul Vazquez from G-Health Enterprises joins host Penny Wolfgang for a full half hour…

NYS Health Experts Compare Coronavirus and Spanish Flu in Anticipation for New Wave of Infections


After two waves of coronavirus devastated communities across the country, health officials say warmer temperatures will help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Testing Capabilities Increase In WNY

BY WGRZ| APRIL 28, 2020


Local doctor says people are taking advantage and getting tested for COVID-19

Shannon Smith/WIVB | April 27, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dr. Raul Vazquez talks about how people are taking advantage and getting tested. G-Health Enterprises network has offered drive through testing for both types of tests, and have done nearly 400 of them in two weeks. Click below for more information.

Mobile Vans to start Covid-19 testing in poor city neighborhoods

Buffalo News | April 27, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (BN) — Nurses and other health providers spent Monday afternoon outside Urban Family Practice on Jefferson Avenue conducting blood tests on Medicaid patients to see if they’ve already had the new coronavirus and now have antibodies.

Western New York doctor starts drive-in testing clinic for patients

Dr. Raul Vazquez is using his practice to get more tests for people in vulnerable communities

Karys Belger/WGRZ | April 16, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dr. Raul Vazquez has been advocating for weeks to get more COVID-19 tests for communities in Buffalo where there are high rates of underlying health conditions and lack of access to resources.

His practice recently began administering tests to try and close the gap.

Buffalo doctor creates coronavirus testing site

Olivia Proia/WKBW | April 16, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It all started when Dr. Raul Vazquez’s 24-year-old daughter Nadia got sick. She had a fever and shortness of breath. Three days after coming home from the hospital, she received a call that she was positive for COVID-19.

The process caused him to think: How would this experience have been if he wasn’t a doctor? Or if his family had no doctor at all?

N.Y.C. Death Toll Soars Past 10,000 in Revised Virus Count

David Goodman and William K. Rashbaum/NYT | April 14, 2020

New York City, N.Y. — New York City, already a world epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, sharply increased its death toll by more than 3,700 victims on Tuesday, after officials said they were now including people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it.

14125 zip code most affected by COVID-19 in Erie County

WGRZ | April 9, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) — BUFFALO, N.Y. — Is a community that’s 80% African American, and the population has a history of chronic illnesses. Dr. Raul Vazquez says these factors present a great risk for the community, because most of these individuals don’t have access to a primary care physician.

Dr. Raul Vazquez is working on a community action plan to help connect patients to doctors amid the coronavirus pandemic

Karys Belgar/WGRZ | April 8, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) — BUFFALO, N.Y. — As more information is released about COVID-19, local community leaders are continuing to raise concerns over how the pandemic will affect communities of color in Buffalo and Erie County.

The African American Health Equity task force recently called on local leaders to take steps toward making sure communities of color, particularly on Buffalo’s East Side, get access to testing. The concern is that the chronic health conditions that already exist in communities of color will cause the COVID-19 pandemic to be even more devastating.

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