Local organization steps in to help elderly people get vaccinated

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Elderly people who are stuck at home, in need of vaccinations are getting extra help.

Thanks to the Aging Commission of the Mid-South, people in need over the age of 60 can get vaccinated at home.

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The Aging Commission gets over 1,000 calls for help each month.

Many of the calls are from people who can’t leave their homes or don’t have internet. That’s why the commission decided to make vaccinations a priority.

“We know there is a need, we know there are people out there that are homebound, not able to get out,” said Vicki Green with the Aging Commission.

Green gets hundreds of calls from seniors who want to get vaccinated but are stuck at home with no transportation.

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To help them out, the Aging Commission is bringing the vaccine to their front door.

“If somebody calls and they don’t have internet access or basically they can’t read or write or whatever is going on, we are able to do the process for them,” said Green.

Green said the goal is to get 3,000 seniors vaccinated at home.

So far, over 500 people received this help.

She said this service is important because the elderly are at a higher risk of COVID-19 infections.

“I’ve gotten some calls personally, myself, saying I’m stuck at home through the pandemic, I don’t have any family, I don’t have any friends coming over, I don’t have the internet,” said Green.

The commission has provided this service since February.

If you need help call 901-222-4111.