ROANOKE, Va – The Roanoke Rescue Mission hit a major milestone in the battle against COVID-19 on Wednesday by hosting its first mass vaccination clinic.
Almost 200 people call the rescue mission home, including Susan Matthews.
“I came here June 15th and I was a train wreck I had like forty years of drugs and alcohol so once I came here I was able to put myself back on track and February 15th I have eight months clean,” Resident of the Rescue Mission Susan Matthews said.
Matthews is one of more than 100 staff members and residents who got their first COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday.
“We consider ourselves a family here so we always look out for each other and we had open discussions about the vaccine,” Matthews said.
Because the rescue mission is a shelter it falls under phase 1b for vaccination.
“We don’t want to have any barriers when it comes to somebody staying here and saying, hey, maybe I shouldn’t go back tonight because I don’t want to get COVID-19,” Community Outreach Manager Kevin Berry said.
The rescue mission hasn’t seen any COVID-19 outbreaks aside from a handful of isolated cases. Staff members hope to keep it that way.