DULUTH, MN -- CHUM's Street Outreach Coordinator Deb Holman, is on a mission to vaccinate Duluth's homeless community.
"We are trying to get everyone vaccinated that we can," said Holman
A partnership between CHUM and St. Louis County Public Health is making that mission possible. Since February 5th, they have been vaccinating members of Duluth's homeless population.
"The most effective way of vaccinating at CHUM would be going to them, so that's what we did. We have found it to be effective," said St. Louis County Health Educator Stephany Medina.
Using the health clinic inside CHUM, the county has been holding vaccination clinics every two weeks. Chum has 90 regular guests who come through the shelter. So far, 92 percent of them have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
"65 with the full dose and 18 with the first dose," said Holman.
These numbers are especially important for those who do not have a permanent home.
"Not everyone has a safe place to go if they get COVID-19. We want to be able to minimize the impact of that. It is a scary situation to be in as well, so any prevention we can provide is important. The vaccine is our best prevention tool at this time," said Medina.
Holman said her work isn't done. She is continuing to reach out to members of Duluth's homeless community, who are not yet vaccinated or may be skeptical of the shot, to encourage them to get it.
"I've had other people say, have you had the shot? If I say 'yes,' then they change their mind," said Holman.
Again, CHUM holds vaccination clinics at the 1st Street locations every two weeks.
Their next vaccination day will be May 13th.