Middletown agencies help 132 'vulnerable' residents get vaccinated



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MIDDLETOWN — Quick response by Columbus House staff and its partners allowed those sheltering at a local motel to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

After learning the Community Health Center had extra doses due to expire last week, Columbus House, which serves people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, was notified there were 150 doses of the vaccine that would expire at the end of the day, according to John B. Brooks, chief development officer of the New Haven-based agency.

Columbus House was offered the vaccine Feb. 3 and was asked if staff could get its clients receiving shelter and services at the Wesley Inn & Suites taken to the Eddy Shelter for the shots, Brooks said. St. Vincent de Paul Middletown provided transportation to Eddy Shelter.

“Thanks to a coordinated effort and committed partnerships with CHC, St. Vincent de Paul and The Connection’s Eddy Shelter, a combined total of 132 of our most vulnerable neighbors in Middletown who are staying at the hotel, and in other sheltered housing, were able to receive the first dose of the vaccine,” he said.

“We must do our part to stop the spread of this virus and to protect those experiencing homelessness who are at a high risk of contracting COVID-19,” Columbus House CEO Margaret Middleton said in a prepared statement. Providing the vaccine to those we serve is vital to their health and overall well-being of our community.”


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