The city of Corpus Christi in Texas came up with a novel and successful way of helping homebound seniors get their COVID-19 vaccines. It created a partnership with Meals on Wheels to identify the vulnerable elderly and employed firefighters to deliver and administer vaccines right to their homes.
According to CNN, the Save our Seniors (SOS) program vaccinates 80 to 100 people daily. To date, more than 2,000 residents have been inoculated. Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo said, “This is an important program for our senior citizens and the disabled.”
Corpus Christi fire chief Robert Rocha said during a press conference that while some people think children are society’s greatest asset, he believes it is our seniors that deserve to be well served.
The firefighters deliver and administer both doses of the vaccine and then wait 15 minutes to ensure the seniors do not have an adverse reaction to the drugs. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that the city will become a model for the state.
“By implementing a similar model throughout the state, and with the support of the Texas National Guard, we will reach more homebound seniors in communities across Texas and provide them with these life-saving vaccines,” Abbott said in a press release.
As part of the statewide initiative, Texas will deploy more than 1,100 National Guardsmen to assist the SOS initiative and will work with Meals on Wheels and nursing groups to identify homebound residents in need.
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