As Indiana works to make sure older adults get the COVID-19 vaccination, local agencies on aging are helping register seniors and get the word out about mobile vaccination offerings.
Many of the state’s seniors are homebound and have no transportation or no one to help them.
CICOA Aging & In-Home Services President and CEO Tauhric Brown said the organization is reaching out to clients to help them find transportation or arrange for someone to come to their house.
“As they make us aware that they are homebound and don’t have transportation, we put them on the EMS list and that list is sent throughout the day so that EMS can begin making their calls to schedule the visits to do those mobile vaccinations,” Brown said.
CICOA clients are also able to use the organization’s transportation program to visit a site.
For those with mobility issues, the state is working to put into place in-home immunizations, although those plans are still in the works.
CICOA estimates it will contact more than 15,000 senior citizens in Marion and the surrounding counties to ensure the state’s most vulnerable citizens get the vaccine if they want it. It started this week with seniors over the age of 80, who are eligible for the vaccine.