How Do I Get Tested?
For local testing sites and information, call 2-1-1. You can also access COVID-19 testing through a healthcare provider. Local public health and healthcare facilities need to determine the best location for this testing in coordination with walk-in clinics and street medicine clinics. If you are unsure where to receive a test for COVID-19, ask shelter staff or your healthcare provider.
Is There a Preferred Vaccine for People Experiencing Homelessness?
No. There is no preferred vaccine for people experiencing homelessness. There are currently three different COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use and recommended in the United States. The available vaccines have differences in how they were developed, the ingredients they contain, and whether they require one or two doses. More information on each of the vaccines can be found here.
Many people will only have one vaccine option available to them. All of the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. For the earliest protection from COVID-19, the best vaccine is the first one available.
Should I Isolate if I Think I Have COVID-19?
If you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19, you should stay in a place where you can isolate from other people to prevent spreading the infection. Local health departments, housing authorities, homeless service systems, and healthcare facilities should identify locations to isolate people with known or suspected COVID-19 until you meet the criteria to end isolation.
If no on-site isolation or alternative site isolation options are available, homeless service providers should plan for how they can help people isolate themselves while efforts are underway to provide additional support. If you need help identifying a place to stay isolated from other people, talk with shelter staff about what options you have.