The Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine (Rowan SOM) is leading this project, in which 2,000 people experiencing homelessness in Gloucester, Atlantic and Camden counties will take the COVID-19 vaccine at mobile clinics. Rowan SOM is serving as the vaccine point of dispensing and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office is partnering in this work by providing its Hope One Recovery Unit to serve as a mobile clinic. Together with a number of community partners across the three counties including the Maryville Addiction Treatment Center, Gloucester County Special Services School District, Pyramid Health and Cooper Addiction Medicine, Rowan SOM is working to identify these most vulnerable individuals and establish temporary locations for the mobile clinic. By taking the vaccine to community settings and administering it to members of a hard-to-reach population, including the families of housing insecure students and migrant farmworkers, this program could create a model for providing equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Rowan SOM and its partners are among the nonprofits and service providers that have come together as the New Jersey Vaccination Learning Network to share accomplishments and lessons learned from this work with each other, with New Jersey Health Initiatives and the state, to benefit every eligible New Jersey resident who is interested in taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
Professor and Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine
Follow the latest news coverage regarding this work:
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause Throws Wrench In New Jersey Communities’ Efforts To Inoculate Most Vulnerable
CBS 3 Philadelphia/ Davis, K. April 15, 2021.
New Jersey Doctor on a Mission to Vaccinate Homeless
6ABC.com/ Hendrickson, B. April 14, 2021.
County Sheriff’s Office, Rowan Team Up to Vaccinate Vulnerable Residents
Press of Atlantic City/ Shelly, M. April 12, 2021.