Family members, officials looking to allow health aides to administer vaccines to homebound Long Islanders

Both of Long Island's county executives told News 12 that they're working on plans to bring vaccines to homebound seniors. Neither were able to say when they might start occurring, though.

News 12 Staff

Mar 11, 2021, 11:15 PM

Updated 1,129 days ago

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It's still hard for many senior citizens to get COVID-19 vaccine appointments, with demand far outpacing supply still to this day.
But some seniors can't even leave their homes to get a vaccination because of disabilities. Families say more needs to be done to help them.
That includes Roberta Morris in Patchogue, whose 92-year-old mother Lillian is bedridden because of several illnesses. Morris says her home health aide should be allowed to administer the shot, but right now they cannot.
Morris says every day her mother waits is another day she's at risk for catching COVID-19.
"People may think that people living in their homes are not at risk, but they are," says Morris. "People are going and coming all the time. They receive deliveries, they have people coming in."
Marcia Perl, 91, is a lung cancer survivor, and lives alone in Stony Brook. She's one of several seniors who reached out to News 12 for help getting vaccinated.
"Please remember the very old people that live alone, that don't live in nursing homes, that have no way to get the shot," says Perl. "And help us get it. Either come to the house or find a way for us to go there."
Both of Long Island's county executives told News 12 that they're working on plans to bring vaccines to homebound seniors. Neither were able to say when they might start occurring, though.
Curran says, "We're planning a conversation with our hospitals in the coming days to target homebound seniors."
Bellone says, "We've had a number of conversations about how we're going to logistically be able to implement an initiative where you're getting into homes of people who cannot get out."


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