Mayor de Blasio unveils vaccination plan for homebound seniors, health aides
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a three-pronged plan Friday to vaccinate homebound seniors and home care workers.
The mayor was outside the Nostrand Houses in Sheepshead Bay when he said new clinics would open in the boroughs designated specifically for senior citizens as well as what measures are being taken to bring the vaccine into the homes of older New Yorkers next month.
He says the goal is to inoculate 25,000 aides over the next month. The city will have dedicated appointments for the aides in areas where they live and work. Once the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available in the city, there will be an initiative to have medical personnel go to apartments of homebound seniors. The city realizes that it may be difficult for most seniors to schedule appointments online so they have a different approach.
"They're going door to door and they're actually entering names into the appointment system,” said de Blasio. “They're taking the onus on to the staff to really make sure that we're scheduling them. They're getting their times, making sure they know what materials to bring downstairs when they're getting vaccinated."