Dee VanLare had just finished an overnight shift at our Carriage House shelter at the end of February when she walked into the rear building on the North Falmouth property which houses the children’s playspace.
A few minutes later, she became the first staff member at Housing Assistance to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. “I did this so I can be safe for myself and safe for others,” VanLare said.
There was no fanfare, but on this day when 70 staff and clients at our four family shelters received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, there was a real sense of hope. Second doses were given last month.
“I feel like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” Director of Family Homeless Shelters Paula Mallard said while she waited to get her shot at Carriage House which was administered by Pharmacist Karen Beauchaine and Pharmacist Technician Kim Goode from the Community Health Center of Cape Cod.
At Angel House, Registered Nurse Kevin Dupont from Outer Cape Health Services oversaw the vaccination effort for the Hyannis family shelter. There, Angel House Director Lin Rohr was the first in line to get vaccinated. “I’m doing this to protect myself and others from the virus,” she said.
“I’m so excited,” Case Manager Janis Goodnow said. “I’ve been waiting a whole year for this.”
“This feels like we’re getting back to normal,” added shelter Support Staff Diane Campbell.
As he administered the vaccines, Dupont said, “I love being part of the solution. …It’s a great feeling. It feels like we’re turning the tide.”