Shelter looking to vaccinate Charleston homeless population

Updated: Mar. 29, 2021 at 7:53 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - One80 Place is a homeless shelter in downtown Charleston and they are encouraging their clients to get vaccinated.

One80 Place Chief Development Officer Marco Corona says about a dozen of the clients staying in the shelter have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

However, he says they’re still dealing with challenges because of the pandemic.

Corona says many of the shelter’s clients have underlying health conditions that make them eligible to get the vaccine.

While the shelter is working with local Delta Pharmacy to bring more Johnson & Johnson vaccines to the One80 Place, Corona says they’re still waiting on the order to be finalized.

Until that order can be shipped, Corona says they’re encouraging previous and current homeless clients in the community to get vaccinated through Fetter Health Care’s first come, first served clinics.

Corona says One80Place also has a high veteran population and about a quarter of the homeless population in the Lowcountry are veterans. He says that’s why they are working to provide transportation to the VA or vaccination events.

One80 Place will set up rides for clients through things like Uber, Lyft, or another public transportation.

“While we are really the biggest service provider, specifically homeless service provider here in the Lowcountry, we’re still dependent very much on our partnerships and collaboration with other agencies and specifically medical institutions who have access to vaccine,” Corona says.

One80 Place says they are admitting new clients again, but they are still more limited than before the pandemic. They say they are not using bunk beds, so their bed capacity is about 70 or 80 people.

Medical providers that would like to help vaccinate the homeless community, are encouraged to reach out to One80 Place.

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