Q&A: What’s happening to help the homebound?

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Q. L.S. from Sun City Anthem in Henderson requested us if there are any plans for vaccinating residents who’re bedridden or homebound.

“There are no provisions being made for these residents, which include my mom of 95 years of age,” L.S. wrote. “Mom reads your paper daily and believes that the government is putting these residents on the back burner, so she is not taking this very well and is scared.”

A. Some counties in Nevada, together with Washoe County and the Quad-County Region — Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties — have begun vaccinating homebound residents, Candice McDaniel, a prime vaccine official for the state, stated in response to our question at a Friday COVID-19 briefing by state officers.

In Washoe County, public well being nurses with the county’s emergency medical companies supplier began administering COVID-19 vaccine to homebound seniors on Jan. 28, county spokesman Scott Oxarart stated in an e mail.

“We administer vaccines to about 36 people per week using this method, which is very time-consuming and resource intensive as you can imagine,” Oxarart stated.

But, L.S., you may be extra all in favour of the state of affairs in Clark County, the place efforts are nonetheless in the planning phases.

Southern Nevada Health District consultant Stephanie Bethel emailed us late Friday afternoon to say the district is “exploring ways that we can provide vaccines to homebound people in coordination with community partners and food delivery services that are already assisting those members of the community.”

She had no estimate for when the vaccines could be out there.

Contact Mary Hynes at [email protected] or 702-383-0336. Follow @MaryHynes1 on Twitter.

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