The Tucson Homeless Vaccine Incentive Program was a 90-day campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccination among people experiencing homelessness from July to September 2022. The program goal was to provide initial and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for 300 Tucsonans experiencing homelessness. Many people experiencing homeless are at increased risk of severe medical complications associated with COVID-19. Past trauma, limited access to medical services, and other challenges commonly result in lower rates of vaccination among people experiencing homelessness compared to other groups.
The City of Tucson, Pima County Health Department, and the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness have partnered since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent and respond to outbreaks of COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness. These efforts have included the creation and implementation of a comprehensive vaccine hesitancy toolkit; dozens of vaccine clinics held in emergency shelters, outreach centers, and other places unsheltered individuals and families congregate; service provider training; and distribution of accurate, timely health and vaccine information.