Thanks to effort to vaccinate the homeless in Spokane, one man's shot will open door to permanent housing

Jerry Thompson has spent the past month in respite care at the House of Charity, recovering from a below-the-knee amputation, his fourth surgery.

The COVID-19 vaccine is the key to his new apartment.

Thompson received his second and final dose of the vaccine during a clinic held at the homeless shelter by the Spokane Regional Health District on Tuesday.

Not only will the vaccine offer him protection from the coronavirus, it’s the last step before he moves into the Rose Pointe assisted living facility in Spokane Valley, which “wanted to wait until after I got vaccinated,” he said.

Now 56 and in a wheelchair, when Thompson moves into Rose

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