No matter what your beliefs are about COVID-19 and the vaccinations that are available to help prevent infections, I think everyone would agree that every citizen in the United States deserves an opportunity to have access to the vaccination if they want to take it.

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Several local government officials are banding together with the mission of vaccinating homeless individuals in Albany County.

According to News 10, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Albany County Legislature Chairman Andrew Joyce, and Legislator Carolyn McLaughlin worked together with Executive Director Perry Jones in a collaboration to help vaccinate homeless individuals in the Capital Region against the deadly COVID-19 virus.

The joint forces, which also includes the Capital City Rescue Mission, are working together to provide access to the COVID-19 vaccination today beginning at 1 p.m. during a pod at 259 S. Pearl Street. The joint coalition is hoping to vaccinate homeless individuals because they are considered a vulnerable population that has been difficult to reach.

Chairman Andrew Joyce said, “We are very fortunate to have an opportunity to vaccinate people who - for a few difficult reasons - might have been overlooked to this point. I want to thank Sheriff Apple for understanding the importance of this critical population of Albany County residents and bringing the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine to a location where they can more easily be given the vaccine.”

I know that there are a lot of people who are very skeptical of the vaccine, and rightfully so. The vaccine was developed at “warped speed” and that would make anyone think twice about having it injected into their body. It’s up to each individual to make a decision for themselves whether they want to be vaccinated or not. If you want to be vaccinated, it should be at your disposal just like everyone else.

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