covid-19 vaccine event
COVID-19 Vaccine Offered at Shelter
Healthcare for the Homeless was on site at People Serving People to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to shelter families* and staff on February 17. One hundred eighteen people received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, with no open vials or wasted doses when the clinic ended. It was a lengthy process for some, and we thank everyone for their patience. We’ll be working with the HCH team to better streamline the process for round 2 of the vaccine.
The second dose is scheduled to be offered to those eligible on March 17.
*Shelter guests who received the first dose here and move out of shelter before the 2nd dose is offered may return to People Serving People to receive it. Please contact the Clinic (612.332.4500, ext 226) if you’d like to coordinate receiving the 2nd dose at another location.
Knowledge is Power
The decision for to get the vaccine was a personal choice, a personal matter and not a requirement. For several weeks, our staff has provided informational resources to help people make the best decision for themselves and their loved ones.
At People Serving People, we acknowledge the historical health disparities, and the hesitation families feel about trusting the system. Everyone has the right to equitable, accessible healthcare and vaccinations are part of that. People can still choose how they want to interact with that right, but at the end of the day, we need to celebrate that those most impacted by societal health disparities have free access to one of the most important medical breakthroughs available today.
Pictured is our CEO Rinal Ray, who identifies as South Asian American, here’s why she says getting vaccinated and offering it to the whole organization is important.
I’m getting vaccinated to Build Immunity for Community! It’s my way of helping to care for my community and to keep people healthy and safe, so we can all further our mission to see families thrive. At People Serving People, we are experiencing this pandemic together – whether as essential workers or families experiencing housing instability – we are people at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19. It is incredibly important that People Serving People families, staff, and regular volunteers – and others like us have barrier-free access to good information and vaccination. And so Vaccination Day is a celebration!
What is the Vaccine?
Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the COVID-19 virus. It helps most people not get sick and some less sick from COVID-19. The COVID-19 Vaccine uses no germ, which means that the vaccine does not contain a virus, does not create a virus, and cannot cause COVID-19 infection. Essentially it gives your body instruction to recognize and fight that germ that causes the disease. The vaccine requires two doses, three or four weeks apart.
In study participants, the vaccines prevented COVID-19 after two doses 95% of the time. The CDC doesn’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself.
Build Immunity for Community
Vaccines are an important way to protect families and end the spread of the virus. Increasing the number of people immune to COVID-19, will help us all return to “normal” more quickly.