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COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

Through our collaborative partnerships, we aim to increase awareness about the COVID-19 vaccine as an important public health tool and increase vaccine equity for people experiencing homelessness. We’re currently collecting vaccination data from Elica Health Center, Sutter Health, UC Davis Medical Center, and WellSpace Health. See our vaccine count as of July 30, 2021 below!

Want to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination clinics and resources in Sacramento County? Check out our list of upcoming vaccination sites, clinics, and available resources here.

 


Updates

July 21: Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) has extended free transit rides to scheduled COVID-19 vaccine appointments through Thursday, September 30, 2021. The free rides include all vaccination sites in Sacramento County within SacRT’s service area, including hospitals, pharmacies, and other immunization locations. Riders must show a COVID-19 vaccine appointment confirmation in the form of an email, text, or vaccine card, which will serve as valid fare only on the date noted in your appointment confirmation to ride SacRT’s fixed-route bus, light rail, Folsom Stage Line, SmaRT Ride or SacRT GO Paratransit Services.

July 20: The recording and materials from our session on “Mitigating COVID-19 and promoting community wellness at encampments and shelters” featuring Dr. Kawanaa Carter (Infinite Giving) and Diana Moua (Hmong Youth and Parents United) are now available. See the links!

 

We will continue providing COVID-19 relevant updates as new information becomes available from federal, state, and local agencies.

Our Work

SSF is working in close coordination with the Sacramento County Public Health Department and community partners to encourage people experiencing homelessness to get COVID-19 vaccines as they become available.

To increase vaccination rates, SSF is taking part in the COVID-19 Community Health Project (CCHP), a state-wide initiative facilitated by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation in collaboration with the California Department of Social Services. The project supports our most vulnerable communities by providing information about how to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 and build vaccine confidence. 

We are working with partner volunteer organizations that will recruit people experiencing homelessness to act as trusted leaders within encampments and shelters to continue to carry the COVID-19 prevention and mitigation message, particularly around building vaccine confidence.

We are using educational materials developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of California to promote this effort through this targeted outreach and through social media campaigns. 

SSF will offer monthly training for our partner organizations, other interested volunteer organizations, and homeless service providers to address barriers to vaccination and factors contributing to vaccine hesitancy. 

To find out more information about this effort or to inquire about participating, email our Volunteer and Training Coordinator Kathreen Daria at kdaria@sacstepsforward.org.

 


Our Partners
  • Sacramento County Department of Public Health
  • Sacramento Covered
  • South Sacramento Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART) 
  • SAC Soup/Sacramento Homeless Union
  • Showers on Wheels for Unhoused Patrons (Show Up)
  • Humanitarian Action Network
  • Community-Led Advocacy Program (CLAP) 

 


Learning Opportunities

July 20: The recording and materials from our session on “Mitigating COVID-19 and promoting community wellness at encampments and shelters” featuring Dr. Kawanaa Carter (Infinite Giving) and Diana Moua (Hmong Youth and Parents United) are now available. See the links!

June 14: An introductory discussion on “Providing trauma-informed support in the COVID era for persons experiencing homelessness” with local behavioral health experts! Watch the discussion and see the presentation with resources!

 


Provider Resources and Toolkits

Promoting vaccine awareness starts with education. Below are resources to help engage people experiencing homelessness with accurate, up-to-date information about vaccines and other COVID-19 health and safety measures.

SSF has compiled a toolkit of useful federal and state resources. Click here to download the entire resource guide.

More resources are available below links:

COVAX for All (COVAX4ALL) Campaign Toolkit

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Toolkit 

State of California Toolkit 

Youth Vaccine Toolkit

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