Day of service: Friends of the Poor arrange for residents to receive vaccine

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — As part of their National Day of Service, Friends of the Poor helped vaccinate hundreds of low-income elderlies who live in at Adams High Rise in Scranton. Residents were given the opportunity to receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

“I was a little apprehensive at first but I feel grateful for the opportunity,” said Keith Ranson, resident.

National Day of Service is about encouraging Americans to give back to their communities. Nearly 400 residents were able to be vaccinated, thanks to a partnership set up by Friends of the Poor.

“It’s a very vulnerable population and although to us it’s a congregate setting, it didn’t fit that narrow description for phase 1A,” said Meghan Loftus, President, CEO Friends of the Poor.

Loftus says to give back to the community on Martin Luther King Jr. day, what better way than to help vaccinate the community against COVID-19.

“So, we had just said this is an issue and there have been outbreaks here in the past and there’s a lot that could go wrong if the virus were to get worse here, so can we vaccinate them?”

Partnering with Scranton Primary Health Care Center, residents living at all three Adams High Rises were eligible to get their first dose. Making the vaccination process easier for the most vulnerable population of COVID-19.

“I was in and out. Got my paper work done. I’m here. No reactions and back on. At least I know I got step 1, the first half of the process, I’ll be back on the 15th for my second one,” Ranson said.

Marywood University nursing students helped administer the vaccines. The effort will continue until all low-income senior high rises in Lackawanna County have been completed.

“I got this and now I am a part of the solution,” Ranson said.

The program will be back in 28 days to give resident’s their second dose.

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