Health officials in California and other states are ramping up efforts to find and vaccinate isolated residents who want the COVID-19 vaccine but have difficulty leaving their homes because of physical disability or other health issues. (May 11)
WILLIAM BRAINERD: I had to have them bring it to me because I can't wear a mask 'cause I can't breathe with them on. The only protection is that I don't leave the property.
PATRICIA CALLOWAY: When did that happen?
And so there are a lot of people who are out of their homes who want the vaccine and don't have access. And this is a way for us to provide access to them.
You have an allergic reactions?
Well, some people can't get out of their home, so they're homebound. There may be stairs. So physical barriers or they're not able to walk. Last week, we did several patients who were actually in bed, and they don't get out of bed.
KATHLEEN CLANON: So 5 or 10 people a day, we figure it's going to take us a couple of months to get through our list of 300 to 400 folks, and it's totally worth it. This is a group of people who, since the pandemic began last year, have been afraid for their lives and who were worried they would be left behind.
PATRICIA CALLOWAY: All right. Thank you for being--
PATTI AMARAL: You're so welcome.
It was really on my mind, even though I'm not out there in the world. Now I feel even more susceptible to who comes in.
JOHN MCFARLAND: So I'm very careful about-- worried about bringing something home to her. So that's why it's great that we were able to have you guys come see us.
Well, you're both angels to us. We appreciate you very much
DEVETTE LAFLORE: Oh, appreciative. They're just-- they can't believe that we're actually coming to their homes to give the vaccine, so and vaccinate them. So it's just been wonderful. It's been a great experience.