This morning Mario Galan (age 78) and Robbie Galan (age 72), along with their son-in-law and caregiver, Jason Blundy, were the first to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the City of Chicago. Chicago Fire Department Community Paramedics, Pattie Mankowski and Margaret Piwowar administered the vaccine in the Galan’s home in Portage Park. This was the first vaccination done through a partnership program with CDPH and Chicago Fire Department to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to homebound seniors.
The pilot program aims to vaccinate seniors and people with disabilities who are homebound. This mobile, home-health community vaccination program will serve those who are unable to travel to a vaccination site, as well as their caregivers. Those interested in signing up for the program should complete this survey (https://redcap.link/MobileCOVIDVax).
To be eligible for this program you must:
- Be a senior OR a person with a disability who requires in-home assistance.
- Have to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, crutches, a walker, a wheelchair, etc.) and/or accessible transportation to leave home.
- Leaving home is not an option for you because doing so requires considerable and taxing effort.
If you fit these criteria, please complete this form so the City can coordinate in-home vaccination with you when the vaccine is available to you. Additionally, if you know someone who fits these criteria, please forward this form to them, or if needed complete it on their behalf.
Throughout the month of March, the City will host multiple, targeted senior community vaccine events; provide priority appointments to seniors at the new United Center mass vaccination site opening, which will begin to administer a limited number of vaccines on March 9, with a full opening March 10; offer additional appointments for seniors at the City’s points of dispensing sites (PODs); and offer mobile vaccination programs for homebound seniors and those residing in independent living facilities. All vaccine doses are given free of charge. For more information, visit Chicago.gov/SeniorVax.