Five Ways Communities Can Ensure COVID-19 Vaccines Reach People Experiencing Homelessness

Vaccines are an important tool to protect people experiencing homelessness from COVID-19, but public health and homeless assistance systems face substantial barriers to reaching this group. Although many people enduring homelessness may meet other criteria given their age or underlying health conditions, they are generally not well connected to the health care system and face substantial challenges accessing the vaccine. And vaccine administration takes time—time to share information about the vaccine, administer the first dose, and plan for the second dose. Providing appropriate follow-up and care is even more challenging because people may move around or lack a safe space to store their vaccine card, or they may become disconnected from the shelter or service provider storing it for them. #covid-19 #vaccine #housing

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