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Kearney Center elderly clients receive COVID vaccine

Posted at 6:48 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 18:48:38-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Out of the almost 400 clients over 65-years-old, The Kearney Center serves, 39 of them got the Moderna vaccine.

Distributed across three sites in coordination with Bond Community Health, it was a historic day to keep Tallahassee's homeless safe.

Lorraine Pace didn't give taking the COVID-19 vaccine a second thought.

"When they gave me the application for it I had already decided that I would because if I can be a help for others I will," said Pace, a senior client of The Kearney Center.

"We have a lot of vulnerable clients, and today is the first step to a return to normalcy," said Mindy Sollisch, Health Services Director for CESC and The Kearney Center.

But, convincing some clients to take the vaccine hasn't been easy.

"The other clients were a little hesitant to get vaccinated now so soon," said Sollisch. "They are a little unsure about the long term effects of a vaccine that just came out."

For Pace, who has been using the center's services since May, it was a no-brainer.

"Do it. So we can save each other," said Pace.

The Kearney Center will be coming back to the residents in a few weeks for the second dose of the vaccine.