New Haven bringing COVID vaccine to doors of homebound in effort to close vaccine equity, accessibility gap

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The City of New Haven is bringing COVID-19 vaccines to homebound residents who otherwise would not be able to get themselves to a vaccine site. It’s part of the city’s continued effort to make vaccine distribution equitable.

Equity and access is the message that Mayor Justin Elicker wants to really send home.

The mayor said of the program, it’s “probably one of the most challenging we’ve seen in this city for many decades…We’re partnering with AMR and our health department and every Wednesday there’s a team that goes out and visits people’s homes and gives them the vaccine.”

The program launched just over a week ago in the city and is available to residents on Wednesdays by appointment.

RELATED: New Haven launches partnership with AMR to vaccinate homebound residents

The city is arranging to have nurses and EMTs come to the homes of those who are medically or physically homebound and administer the Pfizer vaccine free of charge without insurance or documentation required.

Mayor Elicker says the approach will play a major role in ensuring the city can eventually reach that herd immunity goal.

“It’s been clear from Day One of the pandemic that we need to focus on equity and making sure everyone in New Haven has equitable access to the resources,” he said. “We have to take this a step further because there’s a lot of people can’t even travel out of their home. They may have a medical condition that prevents them from leaving and so we want to take the vaccine to them.”

The vaccination rate in New Haven is just under 40% and the mayor says there is a lot more work to be done.

“Really important to underscore: if people can leave, they’ve gotta do that – this is a special service for those who are truly homebound, but it’s a way to make sure every single person has the chance to get vaccinated…At this point, people really don’t have any reason not to get vaccinated and it’s really important to get vaccinated…It is not worth it to lose your loved one or to die yourself when there is a very clear science-based solution.”

Resources to sign yourself or a loved one who is homebound up for the at-home vaccine:

Number to call: 877-918-2224 OR Website to sign up: dphsubmissions.ct.gov/homebound

The homebound vaccines program is offered every Wednesday from 9am-3:30 p.m.

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