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Local Nonprofit MIRA Bus Breaking Down Barriers to Accessing COVID-19 Vaccine for Roughly 3,000 Residents

Materials are prepared for one of the MIRA bus’ COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Dotsero. Pictured, from left, is former director of community impact for Eagle Valley Community Foundation Susie Davis; Vail Health physician assistant Sonja Hanson Fauchet; and MIRA program supervisor Virginia Lecea. José Valsecia / Special to the Daily

The MIRA bus, an RV that delivers public health resources to underserved communities, will soon hold its 20th COVID-19 vaccine clinic for a total of about 3,000 local residents vaccinated — the culmination of an effort to remove barriers to accessing the shot for local populations hit hardest by the virus.

In one of the direst moments for public health in modern history, the MIRA bus filled the gap of preventative health care, offered free COVID-19 testing and appointment-free vaccinations, and perhaps most importantly, served as a trusted source of information in a time of extreme confusion and fear.

These feats led MIRA to be named Best Small Nonprofit of the Year by Vail Valley Partnership, the executive director of MIRA’s parent organization, Eagle Valley Community Foundation, said Monday.

“We are so proud to be recognized,” Melina Valsecia said in a written statement. “That means we are doing a great job and impacting those affected the most in this pandemic.”

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