BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - One hundred doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were quickly spoken for Friday morning at Bradenton’s Turning Points organization.
Turning Points helps families and individuals at risk for homelessness, veterans and others in need of stability. Turning Points partnered with the Manatee County Department of Health for the event.
The Turning Points medical director says serving this community is critical because they have far fewer resources than the average citizen.
He says that’s why they were given the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, because many that they serve can’t afford to take time off of work twice.
“It’s huge because the homeless population is really big in this area. I don’t think many homeless would be able to get the vaccine if it weren’t for turning points” said a formerly homeless member of Turning Points.
The event was slated to run until 4 p.m. Friday, but wrapped before noon as they went through the 100 vaccine allotment earlier than expected.
The organization says they’re open to hosting another clinic in the future if the Health Department sends more vaccines their way.