Greater Bergen Community Action (GBCA) is leading this project, in which up to 1,000 people experiencing homelessness in Bergen County 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. New Bridge Medical Center is partnering in this work by serving as the vaccine point of dispensing. GBCA is collaborating with The River, Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, Family Success Centers, the Women’s Rights Information Center and Bergen Family Promise to establish temporary vaccination sites and to identify these most vulnerable individuals, focusing on three particular groups: 1) persons who are formerly homeless; 2) adults living in unofficial group quarters and illegal housing, and 3) families sharing a residence intended for one family. 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.
Vice President of Planning, Development & Communications