We Will Meet You at Home Campaign
Secretary Richard Prudom
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) recently launched a campaign, entitled We Will Meet You at Home, to ensure every older adult who wants a shot receives a shot. While many of Florida’s older residents have already received a COVID-19 vaccination, not every senior is able to leave their home. In these cases, DOEA and the state’s 11 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) are offering seniors access to transportation to go to receive a vaccine. Elders also have the option of having a health care worker bring the vaccine to their home.
DOEA’s statewide initiative is distributing over 175,000 informational flyers to older homebound adults requesting more information about vaccines or vaccine access. Our regional agencies made tens of thousands of outbound wellness calls over a two-month period to identify people requesting more resources. In addition to print, the We Will Meet You at Home campaign employs radio and television spots in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. You may listen and see all the spots on our website at elderaffairs.org and go to the newsroom to locate the campaign.
The AAAs connect seniors with community providers to get a ride to a doctor’s office, a pharmacy, a grocery store, or another vaccination site. The local agencies may also assist in arranging a health care professional to come to the individual’s house to give a vaccination.
If you or someone you know would like assistance with COVID-19 vaccination access, then the Department’s AAAs are here to help. Call 1-800- 96-ELDER or email homeboundvaccine@ em.myflorida.com.