Approximately 200 Preble Street clients received COVID-19 vaccinations last week

From Bangor Daily News:

Health care and social service providers have teamed up to vaccinate “close to 200” clients against the virus. Many of them have experienced homelessness during the pandemic and weathered outbreaks within the city’s emergency shelter system. The ongoing vaccination effort has been led by Preble Street, Greater Portland Health and Homeless HealthPartners, an outreach partnership with Maine Medical Center.

The vaccination push has required “tremendous outreach work” to reach clients, said Elizabeth Jackson, chief operating officer of Greater Portland Health. Staff made “hundreds of phone calls to patients experiencing homelessness,” as the three agencies did considerable on-the-ground outreach to schedule and refer individuals to get vaccinated, Jackson said.