Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz partners with State of California to boost COVID-19 vaccination among Latinos

Date: December 16, 2021

Number: NR21-359

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SACRAMENTO — Acclaimed cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is partnering with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to develop artwork for social media encouraging Latinos to get vaccinated against COVID-19 this holiday season.

The Los Angeles-based artist is best known for his contributions as a cultural consultant for Nickelodeon’s “The Casagrandes” and the 2017 Pixar film, “Coco.” He is also the creator of the nationally circulated comic strip, “La Cucaracha”.

During the pandemic, Alcaraz has used its talents to reach the Latin American community by mixing humor and culturally relevant themes to provide facts about COVID-19 and vaccines. As the lead artist of CovidLatino, her art helps address widespread vaccine hesitancy and misinformation circulating in California’s Latino communities.

“Partnerships with talented artists, like Lalo Alcaraz, ensure that public health messages continue to resonate and resonate with Californians of every culture they find themselves in,” said Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, Director of CDPH and state public health official. “Lalo’s creativity is helping the state overcome pandemic fatigue and educating Californians on the best steps they can take to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.”

“I’m proud to be part of the nation’s most robust vaccination effort and to help the state of California connect with diverse communities through art,” said Alcaraz. “Art is a powerful way to build trust, convey vital information and empower these communities to stay protected from this deadly virus.”

CDPH’s partnership with Alcaraz is part of an overall effort to reach California’s most vulnerable communities with resources and messaging to achieve higher COVID-19 vaccination rates and reduce COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths. -19. Latinos make up 38.9% of the state’s population, but 45.5% of COVID deaths.

As California makes tremendous strides in closing immunization gaps among its diverse population, the state continues to focus on leadership with equity. The state’s Vaccinate All 58 campaign has distributed $20 million in grants to more than 134 community organizations for peer-to-peer outreach, and helps support mobile vaccination clinics in Latino and Black/African American neighborhoods with low vaccination rates, and works with community leaders to complement on-the-ground efforts to reach high-risk populations statewide.

For more information on California’s vaccination efforts, visit Vaccinate All 58.

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