(WBTV) - Health officials are administering COVID-19 vaccinations to residents in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties without leaving their homes.
The vaccine is available to those who are unable to leave their home for medical reasons.
Health officials will provide vaccinations to residents in those counties living homebound because of a physical or mental disability.
In Mecklenburg County, residents meeting the criteria will receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as doses become available.
Each request will be reviewed by Mecklenburg Public Health and Mecklenburg County Emergency Management and scheduled based on eligibility criteria, vaccine supply and appointment availability.
Mecklenburg County residents wishing for a homebound COVID-19 vaccination can apply here: https://bit.ly/2OEMsNQ.
If you have any questions, visit mecknc.gov/COVID-19 or call 980-314-9400, option 3 for English and option 8 for Spanish, with additional questions about COVID-19 vaccines or for assistance completing this form.
In Cabarrus County, the homebound vaccinations are from a partnership between the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) and Cabarrus County Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
CHA says they have performed nearly 19,000 vaccinations at Cabarrus Arena and Events Center drive-thru clinics. But, they have been unable to vaccinate the thousands of residents who are unable to leave the home due to illness or injury and are often considered extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.
County officials say that over the past month, CHA’s vaccination team gave community paramedics specialized training on appropriate vaccine storage and distribution. The partners rolled out a soft launch of the homebound program on February 8, and have since vaccinated 30 patients who are regularly visited by community paramedics.
As supplies become available, CHA and EMS will expand the homebound vaccination program to individuals who do not receive Community Paramedic services.
To qualify, individuals must:
- Be homebound (unable to physically leave their home)
- Live in geographical bounds of Cabarrus County
- Meet current eligibility requirements outlined in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan
Paramedics will also vaccinate one primary caregiver for the eligible homebound patient, who must also be in the home at the scheduled appointment time.
To complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Home Visiting Program request form, visit https://bit.ly/2OBHhha. Those without internet access can call 704-920-1213.
Have a question about the COVID-19 vaccine? Ask the WBTV Vaccine Team here
The homebound vaccination program is not available to individuals who have transportation challenges, but officials say more information about a vaccination transportation program will be made available in the coming weeks.