Vaccine planning and distribution present unique challenges and considerations for CoC Leads, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) recipients, and homeless service providers. As communities prepare to undertake these activities, HUD will provide guidance on critical policy issues.
This document will be updated regularly as new policy guidance is released.
As communities embark on COVID-19 vaccine campaigns, they are confronting a long history of discrimination and negative interactions with medical services experienced by PEH and racial and ethnic minority groups. These experiences can contribute to vaccine hesitancy.
To acknowledge these experiences and build vaccine confidence, some communities are considering hiring Vaccine Ambassadors to engage PEH and homeless services staff in meaningful, two-way communication about their concerns and to share accurate vaccine information.
The following is a sample Vaccine Ambassador program and job description:
State, local, and national messages about the importance of getting vaccinated will be widespread in the coming weeks. To reduce the virus spread, our communities can play a major role in the safety and well-being of their families and friends by getting vaccinated and by continuing to wear masks and maintaining social distance.
The following links provide flyers for staff and clients with ideas on how to encourage vaccine acceptance among your followers and your partner organizations:
The response to COVID-19 continues to be a marathon, not a sprint. It is important that we listen to our constituents as the weeks and months of response continue and new issues arise.
It’s also important that the personal safety and mental well-being of you and your staff take high priority during the days and weeks ahead. Check in on your workforce and client base frequently to ensure that measures to reduce physical and mental stress are available and encouraged early on.
We can’t work through this response alone. We need to reach out to and depend on each other and offer help and resources frequently and authentically.