COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin for City of St. Louis Homebound Residents
The St. Louis Department of Health is pleased to announce a partnership with the St. Louis Fire Department, Team Rubicon, and the St. Louis Department of Human Services for Aging to provide homebound immunization facilities for COVID-19 Residents in the city.
This latest initiative to vaccinate one of the city’s most vulnerable populations was launched on Wednesday. A total of 12 customers and caregivers will receive the vaccine. “This program provides much-needed protection against COVID-19 for clients who may have difficulty attending a vaccination clinic,” says Dr. Fredrick Echols, Acting Director of Health for the City of St. Louis. “By bringing the vaccine to them, we’re removing the travel barrier and making sure these customers don’t get left behind in the vaccination process.
“Partnerships like the one working on this project are helping the Department of Human Services continue to provide services to individuals while caregivers provide vital help to keep them at home,” said Valerie Russell, director of the city’s Department of Human Services .
As the program progresses, there are plans to use public relations to increase the number of people who receive the vaccine each day. Paramedics from the St. Louis Fire Department will administer the vaccines during the project. “Our EMTs have been at the forefront of vaccine distribution, from providing early vaccine support to post-vaccination post-vaccination support in the Department of Health’s clinics,” said fire chief Dennis Jenkerson. “By continuing this partnership, we can offer our community a proactive approach to COVID-19.”
If you are or know someone in your home country who is unable to attend a COVID-19 vaccination clinic without assistance, please call the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging at (314) 612-5918 during normal business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Individuals are encouraged to call soon to make sure their names are added to the list. The duration of the Homebound program depends on the availability of the vaccine.