What options are available for housebound residents and others who can’t make it to a vaccination clinic?
A Housebound is an individual who is unable to leave their home without difficulty. And due to this difficulty, they generally do not leave their home. It is usually due to advanced age, illness, or a disability.
As part of the continued rollout of vaccinations in the State of Connecticut, the Wallingford Health Department has been designated the Homebound Coordinator for residents of Wallingford. The State of CT DPH has set up a website for those who are homebound and are seeking vaccination to register, which is as follows: https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/homebound
There are two criteria that are required to be met to qualify for a homebound vaccination.
■Physically unable to go to a vaccination clinic or mass vaccination site with or without assistance.
■No history of anaphylaxis or severe allergic reaction requiring the use of an epinephrine auto-injector (EPI pen).
For residents who cannot register on the website for homebound vaccination can contact the Wallingford Health Department directly (203-294-2065) for registration on the town’s homebound vaccination program. The Wallingford Health Department will also, in the coming weeks, begin to set up mobile clinics in the community focusing on vulnerable populations and those who are uninsured/underinsured as more vaccination operators are available in town.
Once the individual signs up with the Wallingford Health Department, we give them a time and date for the homebound vaccination visit.
■Two staff members go out, consisting of a nurse and a health educator.
■The nurse goes over the consent form and medical history with the patient.
■Once all documents are filled out – The nurse administers the vaccine Johnson and Johnson, also known as J & J
■A nurse and a health educator wait for about 15-30minutes after the vaccination is administered in case there are any allergic reactions.
The Wallingford Health Department has been working closely with SCOW Spanish Community of Wallingford to set up mobile clinics. Aside from our current mobile clinics at scow, there are other facilities within the town that are offering Covid19 vaccination.
The following are facilities that are offering Covid-19 vaccination within the town:
Hartford Healthcare at Oakdale Clinic site – https://hartfordhealthcare.org/health-wellness/covid-vaccine/schedule-your-vaccine#
Access Center at 860-827-7690 or toll-free at 833-949-5721 to register.
Walgreens Pharmacy, 284 South Colony Road, Wallingford CT 06492 https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19
Vaccine Finder is a website that shows all clinics with availability within a geographic location of your choosing by zip code and directs individuals to the appropriate coordinating websites. https://vaccinefinder.org/search/
The Health Department will continue to provide updates to the community as information becomes available.
Vanessa Bautista, BSc. , R.S.
Town of Wallingford