The distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines is a community effort—no single organization or strategy will provide vaccine to everyone who wants it. That is why DOH, local public health and other healthcare organizations are working together to enhance and support existing systems that have traditionally provided vaccine to our communities.
SRHD is currently working through pre-established vaccine distribution avenues to ensure equitable and efficient distribution in our county. SRHD Vaccine Task Force members focus on identifying populations that may have limited access to vaccination and address this by coordinating with area providers to administer vaccinations to these groups. In some cases, SRHD may administer vaccines directly if we have the vaccine supply. Public health is a safety net for those who face barriers in getting vaccinated.
Early on, SRHD created teams to vaccinate staff and residents at long-term care centers, adult family homes and senior living centers not affiliated with the state’s long-term care pharmacy agreement. Our teams are continuing to vaccinate high-risk people living homeless and in shelters and in other congregate living situations. As a part of this work, SRHD’s equity taskforce continues to identify populations needing improved access for a variety of reasons and then establishes vaccination venues to reach them.
The Vaccine Task Force relies on volunteers to support these efforts, including university clinical students, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers, and medical staff within organizations, such as school nurses or jail clinical staff. Learn more about the MRC.