Laurie Hext received a COVID-19 vaccination, even though she’s relatively homebound. She’s just as at-risk to COVID exposure from the people who come to her house to assist her, but she’s also hoping to go to the nursing home to see her mom.
"I have not been able to see her, to hold her hand, to hug her, or anything in over a year now," she said, adding that they won't allow people in without a vaccination.
Laurie wasn’t comfortable getting the vaccination, but feels it’s needed to stop the pandemic, and get back to what’s important.
"Oh my goodness. To hug my mom. Ooooo. The world. Yeah," she said.
Otsego County Assistant Public Health Director Kimberly Schlosser is making house calls to those who can’t get to a vaccination clinic.
"Some people have no side effects, some people get like flu symptoms. That if you’re going to get it usually is like 12 hours after," said Schlosser.
Homebound people like Rosemarie Millen are getting a vaccination because they feel a responsibility to those who help take care of them.
"I won’t get sick and spread it to somebody else. I don’t want to do that to anybody," said Millen.
The Executive Director of the Oneida County Health Department, Dan Gilmore, says any Oneida County resident over the age of 18 who’s homebound due to a disability or mobility impairment is eligible to receive a vaccination as well.
"We will continue scheduling until we’ve been able to access the entire population," said Gilmore.
To schedule an appointment call:
- Otsego County Office for the Aging at 607-547-4232. Homebound individuals must live in Otsego County.
- Oneida County appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling 315-798-5439.