Acenda is leading this project, in which 400 people experiencing homelessness in Cumberland and Salem counties will take the COVID-19 vaccine at community-based vaccination clinics. Transportation to and from the sites will be provided as needed, and after-care kits will be distributed to aid a comfortable recovery from post-vaccination symptoms. CompleteCare is partnering in this work by serving as the vaccine point of dispensing (POD) for Cumberland County. Inspira Health is also partnering in this work as the POD for Salem County. Acenda is collaborating across its programs that support persons who are at significant risk for homelessness and leveraging its community partnerships to identify these most vulnerable individuals to establish temporary vaccination sites. Health departments, service providers and county officials are also partnering in this work. By taking the vaccine to community settings and administering it to members of a hard-to-reach population, this program could create a model for providing equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Senior Vice President of Prevention, Youth and Education Services