Helping the homebound during pandemic


We were heartened to see that part of the county’s enormous effort to vaccinate people during the pandemic includes steps to reach homebound residents.

During a recent press briefing County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. unveiled the latest COVID-19 numbers, and noted that much work remains to do to continue a downward trend of infections. Officials said that 22% of adults in Oneida County are fully vaccinated.

Some letter-writers to the Daily Sentinel have expressed concern, despite the success at drive-in sites like Griffiss and other locations that offer shots, that there are residents who might lack the computer skills to find the necessary pandemic websites to make an appointment.

However, it was stated that in mid-March close to 400 home residents were vaccinated through a partnership with Upstate Family Health Center and that 100 more homebound residents were vaccinated the following week.

It’s important that these people also are given the opportunity to receive the necessary shots. For information on home-bound vaccination appointments, call 315-798-5439.

“The key to pushing through to the other side of this pandemic is to vaccinate as many people as possible,” Picente stated.


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