Tuesday February 9, 2021
A new COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinic will travel to capture the footage of Baltimore's senior residents, city and health guides announced on Monday.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, along with partners from MedStar Health, Lifebridge Health, Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, announced a mobile vaccination and contact strategy for older adults in Baltimore City.
"We're cautiously optimistic about where we stand," said Scott.
Scott said a continued decline in the city's coronavirus positivity rate looks encouraging, but that vaccination efforts will be crucial.
The partnership aims to provide mobile vaccination clinics to the communities that need help most.
"That includes paying extra attention to vaccinate older adults in our black and brown communities that are most susceptible to the virus and least likely to have access to the internet and transportation," said Scott.
As an an example, MedStar Health's mobile unit visited senior communities in Cherry Hill on January 29, vaccinating nearly 100 vulnerable seniors.
"We are seeing heartbreaking differences in COVID in our community," said Dr. Katie O’Conor, Co-Chair, Vaccine Justice, Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Dzirasa said the city is focusing its limited resources on helping the highest risk groups who do not have access to online appointments or are unable to travel to vaccination sites.
Dzirasa said the mobile clinic will start at retirement homes to focus on helping residents who are most at risk of negative health outcomes due to COVID-19.
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