In Residence COVID Vaccinations In Dallas To Start Subsequent Week
DALLAS — The Metropolis of Dallas and the Visiting Nurse Affiliation of Texas (VNA) Wednesday partnered to determine and vaccinate Dallas residents who lack mobility to succeed in a vaccination website. This program will make the most of Dallas Fireplace Rescue (DFR) Emergency Medical Companies (EMS) employees and VNA employees to determine, contact and route vaccinations to homebound residents.
This program makes use of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to present a secure, environment friendly course of for Dallas residents in want of in-home vaccinations. Outreach will start with 500 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine allotted from Dallas County Well being and Human Companies.
“Vaccines are the important thing to ending the horrible COVID-19 pandemic, and we are working arduous to make sure everybody in our metropolis has equitable entry to those lifesaving triumphs of recent medication,” mentioned Mayor Eric Johnson, who serves because the Metropolis of Dallas Emergency Administration Director. “I’m excited for what this new partnership will imply for Dallas. For our weak homebound residents, this effort can lastly convey an finish to the worry of the final yr. And for our complete metropolis, these vaccinations symbolize one other essential step towards reaching group immunity in opposition to a lethal and devastating virus.”
In-home vaccinations will start on Tuesday, April 13 with six groups of EMS employees vaccinating 12 residents per day as vaccine doses can be found. Planning is in course of for routes to successfully, effectively and equitably vaccinate Dallas residents who in any other case lack transportation to succeed in group vaccination hubs or pharmacies.
Vaccinating the Susceptible
“The purchasers we serve by means of Meals on Wheels are essentially the most weak in our group — they’re aged and homebound, shouldn’t have entry to expertise for scheduling, endure from a number of persistent circumstances and reside in areas most impacted by the pandemic,” says Katherine Krause, VNA President & CEO. “We knock on their doorways each day connecting them to meals and assets and it’s important that we convey this life-saving vaccine to them.”
“We thank the VNA for his or her partnership to equitably vaccinate our most weak residents,” mentioned Rocky Vaz, Director of the Metropolis of Dallas Workplace of Emergency Administration. “This has been a excessive precedence for our division and the Metropolis. Working with the VNA permits us to offer vaccines to many who may not have been in a position to attain vaccine hubs or pharmacies another means.”
The Metropolis of Dallas has beforehand labored to get rid of limitations to receiving the vaccine. The Metropolis has hosted registration occasions throughout Dallas, and Mayor Johnson lately partnered with Uber Applied sciences and Challenge Unity, an area nonprofit, to offer free rides to vaccination websites.
Dallas continues to function a drive-through vaccination hub at The Potter’s Home in southern Dallas. The hub, which is operated by contract vendor American Medical Response (AMR), is distributing 5,000 first doses of the Moderna vaccine by appointment solely this week.
The Metropolis will proceed to consider and reassess its vaccination methods as wanted within the days and weeks forward.
For extra info on the Metropolis’s COVID-19 response efforts and vaccines, please name (214) 670-INFO (4636) or go to DallasCityHall.com/COVID19. To register for a vaccination please go www.dallascountycovid.org or name 1-855-IMMUNE9 (855-466-8639) between 7 a.m. and seven p.m.
Established in 1934, the Visiting Nurse Affiliation of Texas (VNA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) group that helps folks age with dignity and independence at house. VNA is the group’s most trusted supplier of high quality well being care providers within the house and is the primary, most skilled Hospice Care supplier in Texas. VNA gives Meals on Wheels in Dallas County, and VNA Hospice Care and Palliative Care in Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Henderson, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Sensible Counties. Go to www.vnatexas.org or name 1 (800) CALL-VNA for extra info.