Hotel Inc Part of Warren County Task Force Helping Homeless Get COVID-19 Vaccinations
Kentucky has hundreds of sites where residents can get the COVID-19 vaccine.
But for those who are homeless, it’s not easy to find out where to get the vaccinations or sign up for an appointment.
Hotel Inc in Bowling Green is one organization helping the homeless get vaccinated.
Hotel Inc provides services in Warren County related to food security, housing, and homelessness. The organization also has a street medicine team. Executive Director Rhondell Miller said Hotel Inc. is part of a regional task force addressing issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We feel and agree that it’s going to be easier and best for people who are experiencing homeless to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine since it’s only one dose,” said Miller.
She said health care providers in the region are hoping to get a supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine so they can schedule pop-up clinics for the homeless, and others who are vulnerable, later this month or next month.
She said several churches and pharmacies have already hosted pop-up clinics and community groups help arrange transportation to get residents to those sites.
Hotel Inc has been nimble in the ways it’s tried to help throughout the pandemic.
“We also started working and being referred with a lot of folks that were actively ill with COVID or were in quarantine and making sure we were getting good nutrition to them," said Miller. "So, to us the vaccine is just the next step of how to we help our community to move forward in recovery and that’s a huge part of it.”
She said one possibility would be to have the Hotel Inc street medicine team be able to administer COVID-19 vaccinations, especially the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.