Czech non-profit organisations, led by The Salvation Army, have begun a campaign to vaccinate the country’s homeless population against COVID-19, a programme which began in mid-July and is now expanding to other Czech cities.
“In the area of the capital city there are many people that slipped through all the nets and have no access to vaccination against COVID-19. Together with field services we are taking these people on board,” said Milena Johnová, Prague City Councillor for Social Policy and Health.
Prague city covers the vaccine costs for all the homeless people that are not covered by health insurance. As homeless people are often moving from one place to another, organisations are using one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Medical teams are also monitoring their health after the inoculation.
In three days, more than 110 homeless people received the vaccine, a number that is considered as a success by the campaign organisers. Organisations are spreading information about vaccination campaigns through leaflets.
With Prague as a front-runner, vaccination campaigns for homeless people have been launched in other larger towns. Mobile teams are trying to vaccinate people in various areas, including homeless shelters, canteens or areas under bridges.
(Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)