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Berlin, Barre to host pop-up vaccine site for homeless

Published: Apr. 25, 2021 at 7:27 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 25, 2021 at 2:48 PM EDT
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BARRE, Vt. (WCAX) - Homeless and housing insecure Vermonters are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine this week at a couple of pop-up clinics.

The two free clinics will be held on Monday at the Hilltop Inn in Berlin and Tuesday at the Old Town Hall in Barre.

Rick DeAngelis, the executive director of Good Samaritan Haven, one of the organizations leading the clinics, says they are concerned about the health and safety of the 350 homeless people in the Barre area.

“Some people who are homeless have lifestyle issues, whether it be alcohol or drug abuse, that I think put them in a special area of risk in terms of contracting a virus of spreading it to others,” said DeAngelis.

DeAngelis says the organizers were originally planning to use the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot so that homeless Vermonters would only have to stop by once. After the CDC temporarily paused the J&J vaccine, they switched to Moderna, which requires two doses. A second round of pop-up clinics is scheduled in four weeks to ensure people can get their second shot when it’s time.

DeAngelis says there will be 200 shots available this week.

No registration is required to attend the vaccination clinics.

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