Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE began the planet’s first-ever #COVID-19 clinic for people who are #homeless. With the considerable support of Oldham Borough Council, our friends at the DePaul charity, wonderful nursing staff and ourselves Homeless Friendly, the Oxford vaccine was administered to 23 people who are homeless. Mr U, who along with his partner had been living in a tent in a disused building in a park after eviction, was thrilled to receive the serum, saying “I am happy to have received the vaccine and had no idea I was the first homeless person to get it done”. His partner added: “I woke up with a spring in my step knowing I was going to receive the vaccine.” Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE, founder of our #charity said: “It makes sense to look after vulnerable people. A small vaccine can save lives. We must not give up on homeless people but instead pull together and do what we can. These are decent human British values and once again Oldham has been a leader in healthcare and an example for others to follow.” The initiative certainly caught the attention of the media, featuring in regional papers across the UK, on TV news and in nationals including The Daily Telegraph and The Mirror.
First ever COVID vaccine clinic for people who are homeless was held in Oldham