Characteristics of Homebound Older Adults: Potential Barriers to Accessing the COVID-19 Vaccine   [open pdf - 510KB]

From the Background: "Vaccinating older adults against COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] is currently one of the United States' highest public health priorities; however, older adults who live in the community, particularly those that are homebound, face several challenges to accessing the COVID-19 vaccine. Many older adults who want the vaccine may miss the opportunity, because it is the responsibility of the individual to find, sign up for, travel to, and get their own vaccine. At present, the COVID-19 vaccine is predominantly scheduled online and offered at pharmacies and hospitals rather than through individual physicians or health centers, which is how older adults generally receive care. Older adults may lack internet access, be unfamiliar with online scheduling, and lack transportation. Further these individuals may lack a social network that might assist in making online appointments or traveling to vaccination sites. Older adults who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 are also individuals that may face additional challenges accessing the vaccine: older adults who are Black or Hispanic, and those who live in rural areas or low-income neighborhoods."

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