Sign-On Letter to Governors, State and Local Health Authorities about COVID-19 Vaccine Health Equity Concerns
4 Recommendations for immediate action:
1. Jurisdictions should immediately make all adults experiencing homelessness an eligible population for Phase 1B or 1C distribution (similar to DC, MA, MN, and Baltimore).

2. All jurisdictions should immediately require race/ethnicity data be reported for every vaccination, rigorously evaluate that data for inequities, and create corrective plans of action if needed. Jurisdictions should also add housing status to their tracking systems and report data from testing and vaccine activities to our data dashboard with CDC (similar to MN, which is able to regularly evaluate impact on this population).

3. In collaboration with state and local health authorities, all states should allow homeless health care providers more flexibility to deliver vaccines to smaller, more targeted settings in order to better reach people who are homeless. Likewise, states should allow health centers participating in the HRSA vaccine program more flexibility to reach target populations.

4. All states should immediately prioritize homeless populations and use currently available vaccines. There is no reason to delay care or wait for another vaccine.

Organizational Endorsements: The signatories below endorse the recommendations contained in this letter. Not all of these organizations are experiencing these barriers in the same way, but all endorse actions to create more equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for people experiencing homelessness.

Read the full letter here: https://nhchc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Letter-to-states-vaccine-priority-for-homeless-2.pdf

National, state, and local organizations are invited to sign on.
Contact: kleague@nhchc.org
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