Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Allentown Providing Covid Vaccines to Homebound Residents: 610-260-0360

From Allentown:  City of Allentown Paramedics and the Allentown Health Bureau are partnering to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to homebound residents in Allentown.

“We fully understand that a portion of the population wants to be vaccinated, but health conditions prevent them from reaching a city or other vaccine clinic,” said Mayor Ray O’Connell.  “We want to provide that opportunity to our residents who may need it the most.”

Allentown EMS Chief of Operations Eric Gratz said, “This partnership leverages strengths from both EMS and our Health Bureau to reach citizens who may not otherwise get vaccinated.  Our paramedics are excited to go above and beyond their daily mission to help accomplish this!”

“The Allentown Health Bureau is ready immediately to partner with Allentown EMS to make sure that our citizens with mobility issues and those who need highly specialized transportation can be vaccinated in the comfort of their homes,” said AHB Director Vicky Kistler. 

To qualify for an in-home vaccination:

  • YOU MUST BE A CITY OF ALLENTOWN RESIDENT and
  • YOU MUST HAVE A HEALTH CONDITION THAT MAKES LEAVING THE HOUSE VERY DIFFICULT. 

If you (or a family member/client) meet these conditions, please call our Homebound Vaccine Hotline at 610-260-0360, and leave a clear message with your NAME, PHONE NUMBER, and ADDRESS (please provide your contact information if scheduling on behalf of someone).

Prompts on the Homebound Vaccine Hotline are in English and Spanish.

It may take several days to receive a return call due to the volume of requests and time of your call.  All qualifying residents will be scheduled based on the supply of vaccine.

Blogger's Note: Kudos to Allentown for thinking out of the box. 

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful and so needed. My niece, her husband and their two kids age 10 and 9 just got slammed with the virus. Really sick for about week but did not require hospitalization. What I can't understand is how these numbers of cases now reported that were so unacceptable last year and required so many closures of everything is now ok in the eyes of many of our state and national leaders. Go figure. What a difference an election makes. Or is it a "learning" curve.
Please be safe folks as people are still dying directly from the virus or the virus worsening an underlying health problem. The local vaccination sites are doing a wonderful job to address the need.

Anonymous said...

Great job by the Allentown Health Bureau. I hope Bethlehem/Northampton County can follow. They are currently providing to Meals on Wheels recipients, which is great - but there are many more homebound people in need.

Anonymous said...

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"What I can't understand is how these numbers of cases now reported that were so unacceptable last year and required so many closures of everything is now ok "
try
https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/health-details.aspx?newsid=1382
"According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, April 5, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 34.8% of its eligible population, and the state ranks 12th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, April 5, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
Vaccine providers have administered 5,632,986 total vaccine doses as of Monday, April 5.
2,010,955 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 90,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.
1,744,647 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
3,755,602 people have received at least their first dose."

Last year you did not have the number of folks protected