Newark brings COVID vaccinations to people at homeless shelters

Newark has started to vaccinate people at homeless shelters and will soon unveil a mobile plan to inoculate those who are not staying at a shelter, the city announced Wednesday.

People staying at the YMCA on Broad Street were the first to get vaccinated on Tuesday night. Nurses and practitioners will also be sent to offer vaccinations to people staying at 18 shelters across Newark, the city said in a release.

“A year after our first positive COVID-19 case in Newark and we are now able to offer vaccines to help protect and keep our residents without addresses safe,” said Mayor Ras Baraka. “It is a goal of my administration to provide them with the services, shelter, and care that all of our residents deserve.”

The city’s Department of Health and Community Wellness and Office of Homeless Services partnered with North Jersey Community Research Initiative, which is administering the vaccine and is one of the state’s largest HIV/AIDs treatment organizations.

Newark began coronavirus testing for people who are homeless in May and the city said it continues to do so. The city has also used millions in grant funds to house people in hotel rooms during the pandemic and slow the spread of the virus.

In the last month, the city has turned shipping containers into makeshift rooms for at least 24 people who are homeless and unveiled plans to turn a former school building into another shelter.

The Newark Housing Authority also started bringing vaccinations to seniors living in its residences in January.

The city has mobile vaccination sites available and all of the county’s testing sites are open Newark residents. To register for a vaccine through the city click here and to register for a vaccine through Essex County click here.

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