Visiting Nurses Association Set To Help With In-Home COVID Vaccinations

For thousands of disabled and homebound North Texans, the Visiting Nurse Association is already a `hot meal' lifeline.

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- Nicole, thank you. For thousands of disabled and homebound North Texans, the Visiting Nurse Association is already a hot meal lifeline. Now the decades-old nonprofit working with the city of Dallas to help their Meals on Wheels patients get COVID vaccines from home. Robbie Owens has more on how it all works.

CHRIS CULAK: If they had a car, or had a family member that would drive them over to one of the larger sites, then sitting in the car for an hour or two, or just getting out and having to walk. These are very, those would be very challenging things for these clients.

ROBBIE OWENS: So once again, the Visiting Nurse Association coming to the rescue, working with the city of Dallas to identify Meals on Wheels clients who want to be vaccinated at home, Dallas Fire Rescue EMTs administering those vaccines.

CHRIS CULAK: Our ability to work with the city to bring it to them is just a really game changer, we think, for that population that just would not have the ability to go and get it any other way.

ROBBIE OWENS: They are homebound, so they can't get out already. But this virus has made it unsafe even for family to come visit them for fear of exposing them.

CHRIS CULAK: When you can knock on the door of someone who tells you that they haven't been out of their home in a year, they haven't seen their grandkids in a year, they haven't interacted with neighbors in a year, that they literally are in tears, a lot of them, when they get the vaccine. Because now they know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

ROBBIE OWENS: The nonprofit assisted with a pilot rollout of at home vaccinations in the Cedar Hill-DeSoto area in February. Staffers say what they learn will make the process slated to launch next week in Dallas even more efficient.

CHRIS CULAK: Hope is that the city will continue to get allotments, and then we'll then go out and begin to sort of answer the call, so to speak, of folks that are saying, hey, I can't make it to a clinic, and I need you to come to my house too. So that's certainly not something we're doing now. But I know it's something the city wants to tackle in the future.

ROBBIE OWENS: Robbie Owens, CBS 11 News.