VALLEY ORGANIZATIONS TEAM UP IN MULTI-AGENCY COLLABORATION TO VACCINATE INDIVIDUALS FACING HOMELESSNESS
(April 8, 2021) In a new effort in the battle against COVID-19, the Maricopa County Human Services Department has teamed up with the Human Services Campus, Inc. (HSC) and Circle the City to offer a week-long event aimed at vaccinating individuals experiencing homelessness in the Valley. The goal of the event is to vaccinate 500 people in five days.
The vaccine drive will take place April 12th through April 16th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Human Services Campus at 206 South 12th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. Vaccines will also be offered for one evening session on April 14th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Vaccines will be free to all individuals 18 and older experiencing homelessness, as well as staff members from partnering community agencies. No appointment is necessary.
Maricopa County will be providing tents, tables, chairs and handwashing stations for patients, staff and volunteers. According to Human Services Director Bruce Liggett, “Maricopa County is excited to partner with the Human Services Campus and Circle the City during this week-long vaccine clinic targeting individuals experiencing homelessness. This event will allow some of the most vulnerable in our community to have easy access to the vaccine so that they can realize the health benefits and protection the vaccine provides. Maricopa County has been prioritizing people experiencing homelessness since the vaccine became available in late January, as we recognized the importance in providing vaccine access for this population.”
The HSC, located in downtown Phoenix, is a nonprofit organization that convenes the collaborative force of partner agencies with the shared outcome of ending homelessness. Circle the City is the partner agency on campus that provides healthcare for the homeless. According to HSC Executive Director Amy Schwabenlender, “The Human Services Campus is so fortunate to have Maricopa County and Circle the City with us in our fight against COVID-19. Every day, 16 organizations work together here to end homelessness. This vaccine clinic showcases our strengths as a collective that works together to serve people experiencing homelessness.”
Circle the City has been vaccinating patients for COVID-19, and staff at partnering agencies since January. As of last month, Circle the City had administered approximately 2,200 COVID-19 vaccinations, and conducted more than 4,300 diagnostic tests. Dr. Melissa Sandoval, Circle the City’s Chief Medical Officer, states “Working with public health and homeless service providers in the community is essential to reducing barriers to access the vaccine for people experiencing homelessness. We are excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the health of our patients and the larger community during this pandemic.”
Dr. Melissa Sandoval, Chief Medical Officer
Video and interview opportunities available by appointment. B-Roll and photos will also be available by request.
For the health and safety of patients and staff, masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be strictly observed.
ABOUT CIRCLE THE CITY
Circle the City is an Arizona 501(c)(3) nonprofit community health organization dedicated to providing high quality, holistic healthcare to men, women, and children facing homelessness in Maricopa County. The organization’s homeless continuum of care is one-of-a-kind in the state of Arizona and one of the only models of its kind in the nation. Patients benefit from several different models of care offered within Circle the City’s family of programs, including primary care services, integrative outpatient behavioral health and substance use services, mobile health outreach services, or either of Circle the City’s two medical respite care facilities. For more information, please visit circlethecity.org or call (602) 776-0776.