Warming Center Patrons Receiving First Round of COVID-19 Vaccine
|Brian Coddington, Director, Marketing and Communications|
City of Spokane
|Kelli Hawkins, PIO/Communications Manager|
Spokane Regional Health District
Collaboration with SRHD streamlines distribution for high-risk population
Spokane, Wash. - As part of ongoing collaboration with regional service providers, Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) is currently distributing the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations for community members experiencing homelessness. Vaccination clinics were established and scheduled starting Monday, Jan. 25th and are ongoing. Vaccinations are being administered to clients and staff based on Washington State Department of Health phased guidance.
“This was a team effort with service providers and our immunization team who prioritized vaccines for our warming center and shelter patrons,” says Kylie Kingsbury, Homeless Outreach Coordinator with SRHD.
SRHD will continue offering immunization clinics at shelters and vaccinating community members who wish to receive it based on Washington Department of Health phased guidance.
The City of Spokane established weekly service provider meetings in March 2020 to share official health guidance, resources and brainstorm operational solutions to begin mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the regional shelter system. This proved effective, as the first outbreak in the system didn’t happen until September of 2020. As community spread began to increase in the fall, adjustments were made throughout the system to address the challenges of congregated housing and mitigate outbreaks as much as possible.
About the City of Spokane
The City of Spokane, home to more than 220,000 people, is located in the heart of the Inland Northwest. Our 2,000 employees strive to deliver efficient and effective services that facilitate economic opportunity and enhance the quality of life for all our citizens. For more information, visit www.spokanecity.org and follow us @spokanecity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Spokane Regional Health District
The Spokane Regional Health District is a leader and partner in public health by protecting, improving and promoting the health and well-being of all people through evidence-based practices. SRHD is one of 34 local public health agencies serving Washington state’s 39 counties. Visit www.srhd.org for comprehensive, updated information about the SRHD and its triumphs in making Spokane a safer and healthier community. Like SRHD on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to receive safety and wellness tips.