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COVID Vaccine On Long Island: Efforts To Reach Homebound Residents Speeding Up

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As more doses of the COVID vaccine arrive on Long Island, efforts to reach the homebound are speeding up. The door-to-door program will focus on communities that may be reluctant about getting vaccinated; CBS2's Jennifer McLogan reports.

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- As more doses of vaccine arrive on Long Island, efforts to reach the Homebound are speeding up.

- The door-to-door program, a focus on communities that may be reluctant about getting vaccinated. CBS News Jennifer McLogan has more.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: As vaccine eligibility expands, a new push to bring mobile vaccination vans and ambulances stocked with supply into neighborhoods and homes.

GARY SLOBIN: Unfortunately, there is a lot of reluctance in the community to be vaccinated. When you bring the shots here, that's the only way out of this mess that we're in.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Temple Beth-El opened its doors to those who live and work in Great Neck. Why were you reluctant?

- I'm reluctant with everything that happens with health care.

LINSTON BROWN: My grandmother took it, and she was fine.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: So you're getting it today.

LINSTON BROWN: Yes, I'm getting it today.

- That's very significant, particularly for Homebound people.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Karim Kamara with the state's COVID Equity Task Force says community health organizations are following the leads of Long Island hospitals like Northwell, which we followed last week, going door to door accelerating efforts to help shut ins.

LAURA CURRAN: We've been working on a strategy using our police medics who operate the ambulances to do the Homebound Seniors. And we wanted to wait until we had Johnson & Johnson.

DR. LAWRENCE EISENSTEIN: Because it's one dose in a location, you want to do it strategically. The vial still has five doses in it and a six-hour window to use it. So you want to hit five homes that are relatively close together.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Homebound eligibility is not solely for seniors. Many with intellectual and physical disabilities unable to leave their houses and those confined to group homes will also qualify. The Homebound say it can't come soon enough.

- I would like to go out if I could.

- I just want to get it for the rest of my family.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Nassau's new program is expected to get underway next week. On Long Island, Jennifer McLogan, CBS2 News.