Blanchet House staff began handing out fliers to people in line for meals to let them know they may be eligible to receive the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Partner organization Outside In is administering vaccines for free to people experiencing homelessness or who are 45 years or older with underlying health conditions starting March 29.
Anyone living on the streets or in a shelter across the state of Oregon is eligible to receive a shot. There are 1,600 shelter guests and 2,000 people estimated to be living unsheltered in Multnomah County.
The Oregonian reports that vaccine disbursement to the homeless population is a priority given that many individuals are living clustered together and hygiene like handwashing is challenging without access to running water. Multnomah County is working with homelessness advocacy groups to train vaccine ambassadors who will go out into the streets to answer questions and provide vaccine education. There are many misconceptions and rumors about the safety and efficacy of the COVID vaccines amongst the homeless population that must be addressed.
If you or someone you know is in a vaccine-eligible group please go to connect.outsidein.org/vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines are available for all eligible groups at several locations. Check the Oregon Health Authority’s vaccine finder tool to find out where you can receive a vaccine.
COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC AT OUTSIDE IN
1226 SW 12th Avenue
- Mon, 3/29
- Weds, 3/31
- Fri, 4/2