Nassau Announces Plans to Vaccinate Homebound Seniors

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By next week, homebound seniors in Nassau County can receive the Covid-19 vaccine through a new county initiative, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said Tuesday.

The program will use the Nassau County Police Department’s medic team, who will undergo training with the state and be deployed to vaccinate homebound seniors and other homebound residents. More information about how to schedule an appointment will be provided within a week.

“We want to make sure that we’re vaccinating the folks who are at their homes, who cannot get out,” Curran said. “With incoming supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to our department of health, we’re going to ramp up our effort to vaccinate homebound residents, and we hope to get that going by next week.”

Curran made the announcement during a news conference outside a pop-up vaccination site at Temple Beth-El in Great Neck. New York State is running the site on Tuesday, and Nassau County and Northwell Health are partnering to keep it open on Wednesday, as well. It will vaccinate a total of 1,000 residents.

Nassau County now has about 40 percent of its population vaccinated with at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, Curran said. This comes on the same day that all New Yorkers ages 16 and older become eligible for the vaccination.

“This high vaccination rate will save lives,” Curran said.

Information about the county’s Covid-19 vaccination program can be found on their website. Seniors can call 516-227-9590 and veterans can call 516-572-6565 for appointments.

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