Baltimore City partners with health care institutions to reach seniors with COVID-19 vaccine
Monday, February 8, 2021
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Baltimore City is partnering with health care institutions to set up mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics and outreach for older adults.
The goal is to focus on seniors who have a hard time making it out to city vaccination clinics and bring the vaccine to them.
“We know that it’s critical that equity remains at the forefront of our vaccination strategy,” Mayor Brandon Scott said.
The city is partnering with MedStar Health, LifeBridge Health and Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said the effort is a natural outgrowth of the city’s mobile COVID-19 testing and flu shot clinics. The effort will align with Maryland Department of Health guidelines, prioritizing those living in congregate care settings that may not have been covered by a federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens.
The mobile clinics will prioritize areas with outbreaks and low vaccination rates. Clinicians will be able to vaccinate 50 to 100 people per clinic per visit, but city officials hope to scale up to 20 vaccination teams by mid-summer as supplies increase.