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Vaccinations available for adults 16 and up who are homebound

April 2, 2021

The County of Sonoma has arranged to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to adults 16 years of age and older who are homebound for a variety of medical reasons and have difficulty getting to a clinic. The county is working with Fox Home Health, which has established a mobile vaccine clinic for those who are homebound. The County Department of Health Services is working to prioritize homebound individuals in collaboration with service providers, including In-Home Supportive Services, hospice, North Bay Regional Center, Council on Aging, and the Adult & Aging Division of Human Services. The County is reaching out to homebound individuals who are not connected to a service provider to help them sign up for the program through a variety of means. The County is using a number of outreach techniques to reach these residents, including radio announcements and direct communication with Latinx community organizations. The community can participate by reaching out to people they know who may be homebound to share information on the mobile clinic. “We want to connect with those individuals who are homebound for medical reasons and let them know we will come to their home to vaccinate them against COVID-19,” said Dr. Urmila Shende, head of the County’s COVID-19 vaccination team. “This is part of the County’s campaign to take care of our medically vulnerable residents and make sure they don’t slip between the cracks of the vaccine rollout.” Fox Home Health’s mobile vaccine clinic is available to Sonoma County residents who are homebound, as defined by Medicare. Medicare considers you homebound if: • You need the help of another person or medical equipment such as crutches, a walker, or a wheelchair to leave your home, or your doctor believes that your health or illness could get worse if you leave your home. • And, it is difficult for you to leave your home and you typically cannot do so. Even if you are homebound, you can still leave your home for medical treatment, religious services, and/or to attend a licensed or accredited adult day care center without putting your homebound status at risk. Your doctor can decide if you are homebound based on their evaluation of your condition. If you qualify for Medicare’s home health benefit, your plan of care will also certify that you are homebound. However, you do not need to figure out if you meet the criteria for being homebound. Fox Home Health will screen homebound individuals for eligibility before providing vaccinations. Homebound individuals who fit the criteria should call 707-565-4667 or email stompcovid@foxandassociates.org for more information. For more information about the County of Sonoma's COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout, go to socoemergency.org. 

 

El Condado de Sonoma ha dispuesto proporcionar vacunas contra COVID-19 a adultos a partir de 16 años de edad que estén confinados en sus casas por distintas razones de salud y tengan dificultades para llegar a una clínica. El Condado está trabajando con Fox Home Health, que ha establecido una clínica móvil de vacunas para quienes están confinados en sus domicilios. El Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Condado está trabajando para dar prioridad a las personas confinadas en su hogar, en colaboración con prestadores de servicios, como los Servicios de Asistencia a Domicilio, hospitales de cuidado paliativo, el Centro Regional del Norte de la Bahía, el Consejo para la Tercera Edad y la División de Servicios Humanos para Adultos y Ancianos. El Condado se está conectando con las personas confinadas en sus casas que no están vinculadas con un prestador de servicios, para ayudarlas a inscribirse en el programa de varias maneras. El Condado está usando una serie de métodos para alcanzar a estos residentes, inclusive anuncios en la radio y comunicación directa con organizaciones comunitarias latinx. La comunidad puede participar poniéndose en contacto con personas que sepan que estén confinadas en sus hogares, para compartir información sobre la clínica móvil. "Queremos conectarnos con aquellas personas que están confinadas en su hogar por razones de salud y hacerles saber que iremos a su hogar para vacunarlos contra el COVID-19", dijo la Dra. Urmila Shende, jefa del equipo de vacunación del Condado contra el COVID-19. "Esto es parte de la campaña del Condado para cuidar a nuestros residentes vulnerables desde el punto de vista médico y asegurarse de que no se los pase por alto en el proceso de la vacunación". La clínica móvil de vacunas de Fox Home Health está disponible para los residentes del Condado de Sonoma que están confinados, según lo define Medicare. Medicare lo considera a uno confinado a su vivienda si: • Necesita la ayuda de otra persona o equipo médico como muletas, un andador o una silla de ruedas para salir de su casa, o su médico cree que su salud o enfermedad podría empeorar si sale de su casa. • Y le resulta difícil salir de su casa y, por lo general, no puede hacerlo. Aunque esté confinado en su casa, aún puede salir para recibir tratamiento médico, oficios religiosos y/o asistir a un centro de cuidado diurno para adultos autorizado o acreditado, sin poner en riesgo su condición de confinado en el hogar. Su médico puede decidir si está confinado en casa, basándose en la evaluación de su condición. Si califica para los beneficios de salud en el hogar de Medicare, su plan de atención también certificará que está confinado en su hogar. Sin embargo, no es necesario que averigüe si cumple con los criterios para estar confinado en su casa. Fox Home Health evaluará la elegibilidad de las personas confinadas antes de administrar las vacunas. Las personas confinadas en el hogar que cumplan con los criterios deben llamar al 707-565-4667 o enviar un correo electrónico a stompcovid@foxandassociates.org para más información. Para saber más sobre la respuesta al COVID-19 del Condado de Sonoma y el proceso de la vacunación, visite socoemergencia.org.