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Homebound Individuals Can Call for COVID-19 Vaccine

Staff report

People who are homebound will not miss their opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Individuals who aren’t able to leave their residence can call the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 and schedule a vaccine at their home.

The hotline is staffed by Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, which will connect the caller with one of a number of agencies that are vaccinating people where they live.

The hotline is open 24 hours a day.

“We want to be sure no one is left behind, so if you know of anybody who is homebound, please call and let us know,” Dr. Nana Bennett, director of the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub, said in a news release. “We don’t want anyone to be left behind.”

Equity – whether racial, ethnic, economic or through accessibility – has been part of vaccination efforts since they began in December. In early May, Monroe County, the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Hub, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, other agencies and health care providers started a program to identify, offer and give the vaccine to people who are homebound and their caregivers.

Lifespan, the Monroe County Medical Society and emergency medical agencies are among the organizations involved.

Data show there are about 1,000 homebound individuals in the region and about 40 percent have been vaccinated. Home health agencies, health care systems and community organizations have been asked to help identify people who are homebound and may want the vaccine. However, their efforts may not reach everyone who wants a vaccine.

“We’ve heard from medical professionals, caregivers and homebound individuals about the importance of bringing the vaccine to this population of residents,” Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said in the news release. “This program is designed from the perspective of the homebound patients and their caregivers … .”