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City is renewing push to vaccinate homebound residents

ST. LOUIS – Some of the city’s most vulnerable residents and their caregivers are again getting extra help to fight off the COVID-19 coronavirus, with public health workers bringing the vaccine to them, starting Monday. Plenty of vaccine doses are now available.

“We can see a light at the end of the tunnel, but the COVID-19 pandemic is not over,” Mayor Tishaura Jones said in a statement. “I did my research, got the facts, and got vaccinated myself. I encourage homebound residents to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment to help protect themselves, their families and caretakers.” 

The city’s health department is partnering with the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, the Medical  Reserve Corps and the St. Louis Fire Department.  The vaccine used will be the Johnson & Johnson, which needs only one dose. Vaccinations will be set up by geographic areas.

More than 200 homebound residents have already signed up to get a shot. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging at 314-612-5918, Monday–Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

“We know that certain illnesses, disabilities, and mobility challenges prevent some of our residents from visiting vaccination clinics,” said Dr. Fredrick Echols, acting Director of Health. “Our homebound COVID-19 vaccination efforts are an attempt to effectively reach this portion our population. This group is essential to our vaccination efforts and the overall health of our city, since leaving home for many of the individuals in this group may harm their health.” 

The case count and positivity rate have improved in the past month, but the Department of Health is reminding residents that the virus is still spreading.

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